Brent Pace, 39, is an engineer by day and musician by night. He works in a manufacturing plant and tours local bars with his band, Brent Pace For Mayor. He also has cystic fibrosis, a life-shortening genetic disease that causes thick, sticky mucus to build up in his lungs, making him especially susceptible to germs like bacteria.
For Brent, staying healthy isn't about avoiding life. It's about living mindfully.
“It's inevitable that I'm going to be around people, and when you're around people, there is the possibility of infection,” Brent said. “I can't spend my life worrying about germs, but I am conscious of my environment.”
To stay healthy, Brent follows simple, easy precautions that he says anyone can do. He washes his hands frequently, carries gel-based hand sanitizer with him and educates friends, family members and coworkers about CF. He also isn't afraid to let others know about his needs.
"If someone comes into my office and I'm aware that they aren't feeling well, I ask that we move our conversation into the hallway so I can keep my distance,” Brent said.
Life at Home
Being aware of his environment doesn't just happen when he's at work or playing a gig. It happens when he's at home, too.
Brent and his fiancé, Christine, love entertaining guests, and their house is usually filled with friends and family. To help stop the spread of germs, they replaced their bathroom towels with disposable hand towels that be thrown out after each use. They also keep each other aware of how they are feeling.
“Staying healthy when you have CF is about finding and maintaining a balance,” Brent said. “I love having fun and I love being around people. I'm not going to let germs stop me from living my life, but I am going to be smart about how I do certain things.”
Learn more about Brent and his life with CF by watching the video below.