My Team CF Story
I want you to do something for me- take a deep breath. How do you feel? Better, more relaxed? Good. Now how about trying to do a couple jumping jacks or several push-ups. Feeling a little winded, short of breath? Just relax for a minute or two and your breathing will go back to normal, as you know. That stuff is normal, right? Taking deep breaths? Being able to do a little exercise to maybe work off those chips and queso you ate last night? Now, I want you to think what it would be like if you couldn't breathe normally without wheezing, or having a cough that just wont go away due to too much mucus build up, or when exercising it feels like you're breathing through a straw. Doesn't sound too fun now, does it? That's what CF (Cystic Fibrosis) is- it affects the cells that produce mucus, sweat and digestive juices. These secreted fluids are normally thin and slippery. But in people with cystic fibrosis, a defective gene causes the secretions to become thick and sticky. Instead of acting as a lubricant, the secretions plug up tubes, ducts and passageways, especially in the lungs and pancreas.
There are approximately 30,000 Americans living with cystic fibrosis. They are moms, dads, sisters, brothers, daughters, sons, friends and co-workers who struggle every day just to breathe.
Real progress has been made in the search for a cure, but the lives of people with CF are still cut far too short. There still is no cure for this devastating disease, but together, we can help add tomorrows to the lives of people with cystic fibrosis. Will you join me?
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