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9 Famous Cystic Fibrosis Patients

Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a genetic and chronic disease that affects the normal function of the lungs and other organs, leading to persistent lung infections and progressive breathing difficulties. Patients with cystic fibrosis experience a series of symptoms, including very salty-tasting skin, persistent coughing with phlegm, frequent lung infections including pneumonia or…

7 Airway Clearance Techniques

According to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, there are seven major airway clearance techniques (ACTs) for patients with cystic fibrosis. Airway clearance is needed to help clear away mucus from the lungs to help prevent infections and to improve lung function. Children will need an adult to assist with ACTs, and…

10 Cystic Fibrosis Symptoms You Should Know

Generally speaking, cystic fibrosis (CF) is a disease mostly diagnosed in newborns and infants because symptoms are apparent and progressive in a short amount of time. Most children are diagnosed before the age of two. 1 – Salty-Tasting Skin Secretions Symptoms to look for in a newborn include…

5 Benefits of Cannabis Tea for Chronic Illnesses

Medical marijuana is gaining popularity as a complementary medicine to help with many symptoms associated with chronic illnesses. While many people are curious about how marijuana (or cannabis) may help improve their symptoms, they are also reluctant to smoke the substance. However, there are ways that medical marijuana can be administered, including…

These Lifestyle Hacks Will Help Anyone With a Chronic Illness

If you have a chronic illness, you know just how much energy it takes to complete your daily chores and common household tasks. In this video from newlifeoutlook, Jennifer shares some practical tips to help make life a little easier for anyone suffering from a chronic illness. MORE: ‘Star Wars’…

4 Things to Consider Before Getting a Service Dog

Having a service dog can greatly enhance the life of someone living with a chronic disease. They allow patients to regain some of their independence by helping with small everyday tasks like opening and closing doors, fetching meds, acting as a prop or support as their owner stands, switching on lights and attracting attention…

9 Important Exercise Tips From Active CFers

Exercising when you have CF is important for two main reasons: it can help clear mucus from your airways and improve lung function. Other benefits unrelated to CF include strengthening bones, preventing heart disease and diabetes, and improving mood and social relationships. But how do you create a fitness plan that…

Women’s History Month: Remembering Emily Bissell

The month of March is National Women’s History Month, first recognized in 1981 as “Women’s History Week” beginning the week of March 7.  Between 1988 and 1994, there were a series of negotiations to expand Woman’s History Week into a month-long event. The resolution from those negotiations went into…

6 Warning Signs You May Have a Lung Disease

People often ignore health issues, attributing symptoms to growing older or being out of shape. It can be easy to ignore what seem like fairly harmless symptoms, not knowing that they’re telltale signs that you have a lung disease. Chronic lung diseases respond best to treatment when they are caught early. The…


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The Benefits of Being Sick

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As columnist Lara Govendo reflects on her journey through CF and transplant, she realizes there are a surprising number of benefits.

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