Cystic fibrosis is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive systems of about 30,000 children and adults in the United States. A defective gene and its protein product cause the body to make thick, sticky mucus that:
CF does not affect many things. It does not cause mental retardation or learning problems. It is not cerebral palsy (sometimes called CP). It does not mean a person will have to use a wheelchair.
Babies with CF grow, develop and do what other babies do. Children with CF go to school, play sports and get their driver’s licenses. They can go to college, have successful careers, get married and have children.
One mom of two kids with CF describes it this way:
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