Living with Cystic Fibrosis
Cystic Fibrosis is no walk in the park. Those suffering from Cystic Fibrosis endure multiple nebulized treatments, countless amounts of pills, constant hospitalizations, and a variety of other medications treating complications caused by this difficult disease- and thats just the simplified version. The CFF reports that there are only about 70,000 people affected worldwide that we know of, and there are about 1,000 lives diagnosed with CF per year. We are prone to lung infections and suffer from extremely thick buildup of mucus in practically anywhere mucus could be found. Germs are our worst enemy. It is more difficult for us to get rid of bacteria and our bodies actually make it easier for the bacteria to grow, which obviously causes more problems. Cystic Fibrosis, which has a large variety of mutations, is a disability you are born with, not one you acquire, and more often than not leads to other chronic problems such as gastrointestinal disorders, other chronic pulmonary complications, or pancreatic issues.
How does it feel to breathe with Cystic Fibrosis? Take a straw and only breathe through that straw for 30 seconds. Not so bad right? Try breathing with this straw longer, and soon you'll find yourself struggling to get enough air, and you may even begin to feel light headed. Now, imagine something thick and dense, a milkshake perhaps, coating the inside of the straw, leaving a small hole for air to pass through. Breathing through this coated straw is how it feels to breathe with Cystic Fibrosis, and that doesn't even include the effects of asthma many of us also suffer from.