Author Archives: Luisa Palazola

Being Brave and Making a Meaningful Connection

The cystic fibrosis (CF) community was in an uproar during the lead-up to the release of the film “Five Feet Apart.” Viewers had many reactions, such as the following: “It glamorizes our disease.” “There should’ve been more involvement from the CF community.” “But it creates awareness.” In this column,…

3 Ways Fear and Anxiety Shaped How I Cope

Growing up with a chronic illness like cystic fibrosis has always bordered on terrifying, which is something I hadn’t quite come to terms with until recently. How does a kid respond to concepts of mortality and suffering, anyway? Parents of kids with CF often…

Sleep Tight, CF Community

Life has a way of changing plans and allowing others to help you embrace a new path. Before I sat down to write this column, I went to my favorite coffee shop to get an iced vanilla latte. I enjoy the small moments with my…

CF Family Friday: The Gaudenzi Mother-Daughter Duo

The cystic fibrosis (CF) journey necessitates numerous partnerships, and while a medical partnership is one of the most constructive, family support systems hold immeasurable power. This post launches the series Family Friday, which spotlights support persons. We start with a conversation between Cystic Fibrosis News Today community manager Luisa…

CF Pregnancy: The Words of 4 Mothers Who Have Had Babies

August kicked off with World Breastfeeding Week, a celebration recognized by more than 79 countries that promotes breastfeeding for the first six months of life. The celebration made me wonder about pregnancy and motherhood for women with CF. The topic of pregnancy and motherhood seems foreign and undiscussed in the…

Tips to Make Traveling with CF a Little Easier

Traveling is stressful in itself, and CF makes the task extra complicated. Deciding how much medicine to bring and successfully making it through airport security can be a huge headache, so I’ve compiled a list of tips to help smooth out your traveling plans. 1. Bring all CF-related documentation, medication…


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Don’t Overlook Emotional Wellness When Dealing With Chronic Illness

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Living with a chronic illness can affect emotional wellness, writes columnist Lara Govendo, who offers up some ideas for managing both.

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