Real Talk: Expectations vs. Reality – Part 1

Watch three women talk about growing up with CF in the '80s and how they defied their doctors' expectations.

Sept. 1, 2015 | 1 min read
Ashling Knight

Today we're bringing you the first in a series of real conversations about living with CF, “Expectations vs. Reality - What We Were Told.”

Watch Somer LovePiper Beatty Welsh and Emily Schaller talk candidly about their diagnoses, growing up with CF in the '80s and why they're glad there was no Google.

Editor's Note: During the conversation, Piper explains her family moved to Colorado because they felt the drier air was better for her lungs. While each individual's experience is different, there is currently no medical evidence about which climates may be better for individuals living with CF. 

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Ashling previously worked at the Foundation as a digital content manager. She helped keep the Foundation's website and blog up to date with news and information that's important to the CF community. Ashling first got involved with the Foundation through Delta Phi Epsilon sorority at York College of Pennsylvania, where she earned her B.A. in public relations. Originally from New Jersey, she now lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, son, and two dogs.

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