Year number Ten! I can't believe we have been "Roarin' for Bear" for a full decade now. For those of you who are veterans of Great Strides - welcome back! For those of you who are new...
Drea was diagnosed at just a week old with Cystic Fibrosis, a genetic condition that causes the mucus in her lungs and pancreas to become thick and sticky, leading to lung infections, problems digesting food, and a host of other problems throughout the body. When Drea was just hours old, she had her first surgery to remove part of her small intestine that had become blocked. At 11 months old, she had her second surgery to remove the upper right lobe of her lung that had become infected beyond treatment. Since that time, we've been thrilled with her health and that excitement has been growing.
So far when I've written these annual updates, I talk about the treatment she has to do, the specialists we've added, the ups and downs. For the first time last year, I got to talk about territory we've taken back from CF. Drea is doing so well. Her lung function has remained stable. In January of 2022 her treatments went down from 75 minutes a day, to about 45. In May it went down to 0 - unless she is sick. She takes less medications. She is sick less often. I honestly didn't let myself believe that this would be the path we would be on, because I knew it would be too hard if it didn't happen. But from being a disease that gets progressively worse, we have been on a stable path.
Thanks to the CF Foundation's laser-focus on taking big steps towards a cure, we can start to believe. About two years ago, a groundbreaking drug, Trikafta, was approved for her age group. It is not a cure, but it is a wonder drug for those with CF who can take it. When Drea asks me if she'll have to do treatments when she's older, I can honestly tell her "probably not." When she asks if people are still trying to find a cure for her CF, it feels so good to unequivocally say yes, they are working very hard for that.
But, not everyone has access to Trikafta. There are some people with CF who it doesn't work for and they deserve a wonder drug as much as Drea does. Your donation to our Great Strides page will help the CFF continue that search for all who have CF.
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