My name is Lauren, I am 20 years old and I have Cystic Fibrosis
What is Cystic Fibrosis (aka CF)? Cystic Fibrosis is a hereditary disease where the body produces thick, sticky mucus that obstructs and clogs vital organs, most noticeably, the lungs, pancreas, and digestive system. The condition is life threatening and the current projected lifespan is 50 years. Cystic Fibrosis takes health out of my control, no matter how disciplined I may be taking my medications and doing medical treatments, still I can end up in the hospital on IV antibiotics.
Everyday I wake up and take 5 pills with a glass of water to start. I must do at least 2 breathing treatments and a session of chest physical therapy daily to clear the excessive mucus from my lungs. Wherever I go I walk around with a continuous blood glucose monitor testing my blood sugar every 5 minutes, an insulin pump working 24/7, and the pills I take each time I eat. Without these tools I would be unable to digest the food I eat, and unlike most people I need to eat about 3,000 calories per day to maintain my weight.
Over the past 50+ years things have been continuously changing for people who suffer with CF, in 1950 it was unlikely a child with Cystic Fibrosis would live past 5-6 years old. This is due not only to medical advancements but people like you who donate to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation which goes towards research and development to give Cystic Fibrosis patients like me a better quality of life and ultimately to find a cure!