As an adult with cystic fibrosis, I am used to being the patient and having someone take care of me. However, the roles were reversed when my then-fiancé needed surgery. Striking a balance between taking care of him and myself was difficult but necessary.
Katelyn was diagnosed with CF at 6 weeks of age. A graduate of Abilene Christian University, she has a bachelor's and master's degree in Psychology and was an analyst for a large hospital before she had to quit her job due to her health. Katelyn has participated in Great Strides and was on an adult CF panel associated with Cook Children's Medical Center. She lives in Texas with her husband. You can follow her on Instagram @kate.e.mills.
Although I asked for help to manage the physical aspects of my disease, it took a long time for me to feel comfortable asking for support for the emotional impact of cystic fibrosis.
In the past, I was hesitant to voice my needs to my friends and family -- especially when it came to germs during flu and cold season. But as I've gotten older, I've realized that these five requests can help make this time of year a whole lot easier.