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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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The Future of Clinical Trials in CF

While I’ve had the incredible opportunity to participate in clinical trials for cystic fibrosis, my nonsense mutations mean I can’t benefit from modulators. I was inspired by the North American Cystic Fibrosis Conference’s second plenary session, which discussed how we can evolve clinical trials to develop treatments for all people with CF.

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Despite COVID-19, I Participated in a CF Clinical Trial

I'm a big proponent of participating in clinical research, but COVID-19 made me think twice about participating in a clinical trial that required six hospital visits. However, a screening visit reassured me that the researchers were taking all the necessary precautions.

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Jumping Over My Fear to Join a CF Clinical Trial

I used to be afraid of the thought of participating in a clinical trial for a cystic fibrosis medication. But when my doctor asked me recently if I was interested, I jumped at the chance. My desire to help myself and the CF community finally outweighed my fears.

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Why I Took a RARE Opportunity to Help Myself and Others

Participating in the RARE study gave me an opportunity to play a role in finding a therapy that one day could help me and other people with CF who have two nonsense mutations.

| 7 min read


Participating in a Clinical Trial Is Empowering

Participating in clinical trials can be scary, but the sense of empowerment you get from knowing that you are contributing to a cure outweighs any second thoughts.

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Arjun’s Planet-Sized Spirit

My son, Arjun, has had the deck stacked against him in some ways. He was born early, with cystic fibrosis, and needed surgery. His resilience, and my hopes for his future, keep me inspired.

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