31 Days of CF: Kate’s Story

Luisa Palazola avatar

by Luisa Palazola |

Share this article:

Share article via email

View this post on Instagram

Day 13 of 31 Days of CF ⁣ Topic: Opening up about CF ⁣ ⁣ I’m Kate Eveling, and I’m 25 years old. I’ll get straight to the point, growing up I would always hide my cystic fibrosis from people especially at school. ⁣I was so scared that I would be judged and bullied and no one would want to be my friend. So I successfully hid it from most people (a few close friends knew/found out! But that’s a different story!) ⁣Despite hiding it from people, I’d still take my meds and nebs when I was home… physio varied! It wasn’t till I was 23 did this change. I’ve always loved creating, so when I first thought of starting a blog/YouTube channel to show my side of CF (or the view from the other side aka @thevftos), I actually felt excited, and not dread! Say whaaaaaat! ⁣I realised that I could use my CF as a creative lightsaber and not as a weapon of self destruction. ⁣ So I started to cut down those overgrown weeds of negativity and guess what? I openly disclosed to all my friends on Facebook that yes, I have cystic fibrosis. I released my blog and YouTube channel at the same time and double guess what? The people who I was so afraid of telling, were so supportive and kind. One school friend said, I had no idea you had CF, but even if I did in school, it wouldn’t have made a difference… Wow! It was overwhelming and the best thing I’ve done so far. It felt like a heavy weight had been lifted from my shoulders. So I decided to keep going. I started up my YouTube channel for 3 main reasons:⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ 🔸 Firstly I wanted to raise awareness for cystic fibrosis and also lighten the situation with a bit of humour!⁣⁣ 🔹Secondly, I wanted to open up about my side of CF and not for people to google the generic facts. ⁣⁣ 🔸Thirdly, I did it for myself. Creating videos about CF in a humorous way, helps me to deal with it.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Creativity is my lightsaber, and it’s essential to me in my battle with cystic fibrosis. ⁣ What’s your lightsaber? ⁣

A post shared by CFNewsToday (@cfnewstoday) on


Featured Column

Don’t Overlook Emotional Wellness When Dealing With Chronic Illness

A banner for Lara's column, depicting a car on a road trip winding through a forest.
Living with a chronic illness can affect emotional wellness, writes columnist Lara Govendo, who offers up some ideas for managing both.

Read the Column


Your CF Community


Visit the Cystic Fibrosis News Today forums to connect with others in the CF community.