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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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Anna Payne with a mask sitting in a hospital chair.

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34 and Living With Colon Cancer

At 34, I had no obvious symptoms or family history of colon cancer. My body was telling me something was wrong and compelled me to push for more tests to reach a diagnosis. Now every day I get up and learn to be comfortable living in the uncomfortable. With more screenings happening earlier, you may never have to.

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Anna Payne
| 9 min read
Kirsten Michelle Cills speaking into a microphone

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How Comedy Helped Me Cope With CF

Growing up with cystic fibrosis was often lonely, but discovering how to make myself and others laugh helped me navigate those years and gave me a purpose in life.

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Kirsten Michelle Cills
| 8 min read
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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.

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Chris Van Tiem
| 9 min read
Maddie Grace Newton smiling and holding a microphone.

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My Experience on The Voice Australia

Coping with cystic fibrosis as a child led to depression. Creativity -- especially singing -- helped me find myself and led to my auditioning for The Voice Australia.

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Maddie Grace Newton
| 5 min read
Handwritten sign from a child thanking doctors for their research for COVID-19.

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Children With CF and COVID-19

As a community, we are very good at masking and keeping a safe distance to reduce risk from germs. And just like we have highly effective therapies to treat CF, we now have highly effective vaccines to protect our kids from COVID-19.

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Lael Yonker, MD
| 5 min read
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How Finding Other Mothers to Share the Good and Bad of CF Helped Me

Being a parent to a child with cystic fibrosis is hard. You need to hear from someone else in your shoes that it’s OK to grieve for the life you thought you were going to have with your child.

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Kelsey Scott
| 7 min read