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Effective communication is the best way to establish a partnership in care. Here are five things I hope to share with my cystic fibrosis care team to help them better understand where I'm coming from and what I need to stay healthy.
March 7, 2019
My Experience Improving Care Behind the Scenes
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Attending cystic fibrosis clinic is a routine part of my life. It's a day full of emotions, despite the fact I have gone 150 times in my life so far. Before each clinic appointment, I worry about my pulmonary function test (PFT) numbers and what will happen as a result of the visit. In addition, talking
to every member of my CF care team is a long process, even when all goes as quickly and smoothly as possible.
I usually prepare a list of topics to discuss using my phone's Notes app to make sure I don't forget anything. I still forget items. So, after my last clinic appointment, I decided to start a new list -- a list of things I wish my CF team knew about me
-- in an effort to be more open about my needs and preferences. Although it can be hard to open up at times, I hope that sharing these five things about myself will make CF clinic days just a little easier:
Then, after the test, I always expect too much. When I don't see an increase in my numbers, I always feel defeated. I'm always on top of my meds, and I have a career,
kids, and a lot of things on my plate. So, when all my hard work and energy doesn't show in results, it's beyond upsetting.
I know my team needs to fully understand my feelings in order to effectively treat me, but it is still something I struggle with. Survivor's guilt and feeling like I should be tougher also fall under this category.
For example, I have had a dozen big surgeries -- some life-saving, some with months of recovery. Yet, my scariest surgery was on my eyes. I was told they were only doing one eye, but when they got in they realized that the muscles were bad in both. So,
when I woke up and both my eyes were hurt and bandaged, I thought they messed up and I was terrified. But, could I freak out? No, because I thought, “I have had way worse than this. I have CF, I'm brave … so deal with it.”
So yes, it is hard letting myself feel scared or upset in front of anyone because I feel I need to be brave. And even though I know I am actually pretty brave, I need to remember I'm human, too.
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Cheriz lives with her husband, Andrew Loebach, near Peoria, Ill,. where she is a REALTOR®. Cheriz has taken on several volunteer positions with the CF Foundation, including serving on the Partnerships for Sustaining Daily Care Champions Committee, Community Voice, and the Adult Advisory Council. Cheriz and Andrew have a national Great Strides team and co-lead several CF events fundraising in their community. They are foster parents, and in their spare time, they work on their family blog, MoreThanDNA.org, to spread awareness and CF education.
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