CF demands a parent's time, but childhood lessons taught me that all of my children need my love and attention.
Living with cystic fibrosis, your dreams for the future can be a little hazy. But while attending my grandmother's 90th birthday celebration recently, I was struck by an image of myself that I had never seen before: myself in the distant future.
People with chronic diseases, such as cystic fibrosis, are at greater risk for developing clinical depression. When left untreated, depression can interfere with your ability to manage your CF effectively and experience a better quality of life.
Living with cystic fibrosis is a constant reminder of the things that have been taken from me. I feel like I've made a bargain with the devil, so to speak.
When I scroll through my social media accounts, it’s hard not to compare myself to other people and feel like I could have accomplished so much more had it not been for my cystic fibrosis. Instead of getting depressed, I now rely on therapy, positive affirmations, and being kind to myself to preserve my mental health
Even though Trikafta saved my life, I am still dealing with the emotional trauma of being so close to death and missing the person I was before I got so sick.
Although I had been told that my coughing would stop, I wish I had known more about the transformative change that Trikafta® would have on my life. It has almost made me wistful for the time when I was sick, back when I was more in tune with what my body was experiencing.
After my son was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, I was stunned by some of the insensitive questions and comments I received from friends and family. Over time, I learned that their unsolicited feedback provided teachable moments that I hope to pass along to other families.
I've found it hard to cope with CF as I have gotten sicker, and loneliness comes about in both physical and emotional ways. Even though the people in my life may not know exactly what I'm going through, I'm trying to let them in on what I'm feeling.
Cystic fibrosis is unpredictable and I've found that some of the complications aren't as progressive as the disease.