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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Samantha looking out into the distance outside wearing a hearing aid.


How Antibiotics Took My Hearing

The antibiotics used to treat nontuberculous mycobateria made me choose between the risk of hearing loss versus the reward of better lung health.

Samantha Marino headshot
| 7 min read
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
Chelsea kissing her husband on the beach after they are married with their wedding party in the background.


3 Things I Learned Planning My Wedding While Having CF

Cystic fibrosis kept me from thinking that I’d ever get married, but my improved health made my dream wedding possible. Three approaches helped me manage my CF while celebrating the happiest day of my life.

Chelsea Stahl Spruance
| 7 min read
Rebecca smiling at the hospital with her care team.


What I Didn’t Expect About Transitioning From Pediatric to Adult CF Care

My transition from pediatric to adult care filled me with anxiety and proved to be much more difficult than how the experience was described to me. But, when care centers work together with their patients and listen to their concerns, we can improve cystic fibrosis care and address concerns much sooner.

Rebecca Donoho
| 5 min read
Kailey holding her child while he is doing his treatments with her daughter sitting next to her leaning on her shoulder.


Adapting to Life as a Parent of a Child With CF

Despite my knowledge of cystic fibrosis, I was scared when my son was diagnosed with the disease. I already had a toddler and worried how I would balance her needs with his medical care. Now that he is a year old, I realize my fears were worse than reality.

Kailey Prichard
| 5 min read
Maura Wozniak smiling at the beach with her husband and two children.


Having Tough Conversations With My Kids About My CF

Since my kids were born, I’ve had two lung transplants and spent months in the hospital at a time for cystic fibrosis complications. It’s just as hard for my kids to go through as it is for me, so we make sure we talk about my CF openly as a family.

| 4 min read