CF Community Blog

The CF Community Blog is written by the community, for the community. It's about sharing our experiences, reflections, and perspectives — the good days, the bad days, and all the tough and wonderful things in between. With topics ranging from emotional health to treatments, the blog is a platform to share your unique story.

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Grace running on a track with a baton.


CF Can’t Stop Me From Running

After I was told to stick with sprints because my cystic fibrosis would make it hard to become a distance runner, I was determined to prove that this disease won’t hold me back from my goals.

Grace Lidgett
| 7 min read
Brian Armstrong smiling while on oxygen.


How My Exercise Capacity Improved After Going on Oxygen

I thought my exercise capacity on continuous oxygen would decrease. Thanks to the support from others and high-intensity interval training, my exercise capacity actually increased.

Brian Armstrong
| 6 min read
Jennifer Riley crossing the finish line at the marathon.


CF and COVID-19 Couldn’t Keep Me From Running

After a childhood spent running, I had largely given it up by the time I became an adult. But five years ago, it became my outlet. CF and COVID-19 temporarily sidelined me, but as long as there is air in my lungs, I won’t ever give up.

Jennifer Riley headshot
| 6 min read
Colton Cosby hiking outside


Learning About Myself Hiking the Oregon Coast Trail

Although I had my doubts, I was able to hike the Oregon Coast Trail and learn about myself while doing it.

Colton Cosby headshot
| 5 min read
Chris Van Tiem smiling holding up a medal


Exercise to Improve Your Strength and Endurance With CF

For me, exercise has been a magical treatment for my cystic fibrosis. I have found that our bodies respond to the demands put on them, so train your body to meet a fitness goal, and your strength and endurance will improve.

Chris Van Tiem headshot
| 9 min read
Katie O'Grady running Boston Marathon


After a Lung Infection and a Pandemic, I Finally Ran the Boston Marathon

I’ve been a runner for most of my life. After having to drop out of three previous marathons because of my CF, I was finally ready to run this year’s Boston Marathon.

| 6 min read