Hi, my name is Riddhi! I live in Oregon, I am 16 years old, and I have Cystic Fibrosis. Cystic fibrosis is a progressive genetic disease that makes the body produce thick, sticky mucus that builds up around the lungs and other parts of the body. In the lungs, it causes a breeding ground for germs and bacteria which cause bad, recurring infections, leading to loss of lung function. There are more than 30,000 people in the U.S. with CF, and there is no known cure that applies to all CF patients yet.
Though I’ve lived with CF all my life, I never let my CF define me. I’ve always been able to do whatever I set my mind to because of my positive mindset and limitless imagination. A little bit about me, I like arts and crafts, playing music and singing, and I like playing sports like tennis and basketball (just for fun). I also received my black belt in Taekwondo. I’m the type of kid who doesn’t have a favorite subject in school because I love all of them. I love to learn and because of my experiences living with CF, I have dreams of using my education to help other people. I would like to grow up to work in the medical field and make an impact on people's lives, just like all the doctors and nurses who help me.