Hi, my name is Ashleigh and I am 35 years old. I was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis at 4 months old. CF is a life threatening genetic disease which effects the digestive and respiratory system.
I've been very fortunate up until my late 20's when it comes to my health. In 2009 I was hospitalized with a lung infection which lead to me getting my first PICC line for IV antibiotics. Since then I get roughly 2-3 a year. In 2012 I was diagnosed with CFRD (Cystic Fibrosis Related Diabetes) which has been a whole different battle on top of me struggling to breathe.
The past 8 months have been rough for me between lung infections and my diabetes. I've been in an out of the hospital and have had more picc lines then usual.
My daily regimen consists of 4-6 breathing treatments, chest therapy, 40 pills, and insulin 4 times a day.
By making a donation, your not only helping the CFF continue their efforts in finding a cure, you're also helping myself and others living with CF live a healthier and longer life. Any amount counts and 90% of every dollar raised goes towards research. Please help my team and I work towards finding a cure
Foundation-Sponsored Indoor and Outdoor Events and Gatherings
The Foundation is closely following the evolving coronavirus outbreak. We will continue to monitor coronavirus guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and assess whether we need to change any scheduled events.
To reduce the risk of getting and spreading germs at CF Foundation-sponsored events, we ask that everyone follow basic best practices by regularly cleaning your hands with soap and water or with an alcohol-based hand gel, covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue or your inner elbow, and maintaining a safe 6-foot distance from anyone with a cold or infection. Medical evidence shows that germs may spread among people with CF through direct and indirect contact, as well as through droplets that travel short distances when a person coughs or sneezes. These germs can lead to worsening symptoms and speed decline in lung function.
To further help reduce the risk of cross-infection, the Foundation's attendance policy recommends inviting only one person with CF to attend the indoor portion of a Foundation-sponsored event at a specific time. For the outdoor portion, the Foundation recommends that all people with CF maintain a safe 6-foot distance from each other at all times.