My brother received a liver transplant the day before his 15th birthday but soon needed another.
I recently was diagnosed with a type of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, which helps explain why I sometimes didn’t keep up with daily care. By taking ADHD into account, I’m managing my cystic fibrosis better.
Cystic fibrosis is unpredictable and I've found that some of the complications aren't as progressive as the disease.
I didn't know whether to cry on my surgeon's shoulder or punch him. In the end, I did neither. I looked back at him, dug deep, and said over and over again, “No. I won't sign.”
Although I did my homework before having surgery to remove part of my liver, the process presented me with surprises and challenges. Here's what I learned from it.
Although cystic fibrosis is often considered to be primarily a lung disease, it is actually so much more.
I have had two collapsed lungs in three years. Here's what I learned.
As a medical professional who has cystic fibrosis, I have experienced both sides of pain management and chafed under the new rules for prescribing pain medications brought about by a nationwide opioid crisis. Despite having to add yet another doctor to my long list of providers, a trip to a pain management specialist wasn't as bad as I thought.
I have seen tremendous health gains since starting Trikafta. But control of my cystic fibrosis-related diabetes has been elusive.
It can be a lot to manage two children with cystic fibrosis who have other health issues. I made it work by making my children responsible for their own treatments and not sweating the small stuff when we can't be perfect.