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Embracing Van Life Despite Medical Condition

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Now, this is an inspirational van life story! Caleigh was born with cystic fibrosis, a medical condition that attacks the lungs. She spent the majority of her childhood and adult life seriously ill, and in and out of the hospital. After not one, but two double lung transplants, she was finally well enough to enjoy life but was stuck at home due to travel bans.

After giving van life a trial run to escape the pollution from California wildfires, she and her husband Brian decided to do van life full-time! With the full support of their families and her medical team, they were able to create a rig and a lifestyle that supports Caleigh’s medical needs and allows her to live life to the fullest. You don’t want to miss this video!

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They prioritized a large countertop so they could cook together.

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Their bathroom is right behind them.

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Chiquito & Yuki are their adorable dogs!

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VIDEO: Embracing Van Life Despite a Medical Condition: Their Inspiring Journey


  • Brian & Caleigh chose to do van life after they spent two weeks in a van escaping wildfires in California.
  • Caleigh spent most of her life after the age of 11 very sickly with cystic fibrosis and later diabetes from the disease. She needed not one, but two double lung transplants.
  • She was finally healthier than she ever had been, but was stuck at home because of 2020! So van life it was.
  • The house has extra storage specifically for Caleigh’s many medications that keep her out of the hospital while she’s on the road.
  • The elevator bed allows a separation between their work/hang-out space and their bedroom.

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Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee is a contributor for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She's a wife, and mama of three little kids. She and her family are homesteaders with sheep, goats, chickens, ducks and quail on their happy little acre.

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