31 Days of CF

31 Days of CF

31 Days of CF: Love Casts a Bright Light

Photo courtesy of Sara Popescu Slavikova Day 21 of 31 This is Sara Popescu Slavikova’s story: Our baby turns 1 this month! She chose to be born in May, in the month of cystic fibrosis awareness, instead of in June, as expected. Last…

31 Days of CF: Resilience Comes with Struggle

Photo courtesy of Marc Cotterill Day 20 of 31 This is Marc Cotterill’s story: My name is Marc Cotterill. I’m 39 years old and a business architect and creative from the U.K. I was born with a life-limiting condition, cystic fibrosis (CF).  Being…

31 Days of CF: Balancing Advocacy and Self-care

Photo courtesy of Chloe Lussier-Labelle Day 19 of 31 This is Chloe Lussier-Labelle’s story: Hi! I’m Chloe Lussier-Labelle. As a 32-year-old with cystic fibrosis in Canada, I try to make the most of every moment, but my hardest fight has been growing old…

31 Days of CF: Learning Resilience After My Son’s Diagnosis

Photo courtesy of Bianca Maldonado-Dequin Day 18 of 31 This is Bianca Maldonado-Dequin’s story: My son, Esteban, was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at birth 16 years ago. The doctor at the time talked about life expectancy, complications with this disease, multiple medications, and…

31 Days of CF: Navigating the Seasons of CF with Grace

Photo courtesy of Teresa Sutter Day 17 of 31 This is Teresa Sutter’s story: “I don’t let my disability get in the way of me living my life.” I’m sure we’ve all heard iterations of this statement that, though well-intentioned, can cause feelings of guilt…

31 Days of CF: Having a Close Friend with CF

Photo courtesy of Alice Waters Day 15 of 31 This is Alice Waters’ story: Cystic fibrosis is one of those big, scary medical terms you grow up hearing about, but if you’re like me, you never knew what it was. That is, until I became…

31 Days of CF: CF Has Changed My Life for the Better

Photo courtesy of Jessica Francis Day 14 of 31 This is Jessica Francis’ story: Eight years ago, I knew almost nothing about cystic fibrosis. When I joined the CF clinical research team at the University of Utah in July 2013, I had no idea that…

31 Days of CF: I’ve Found My Home with a CF Partner

Photo courtesy of Jenny Livingston Day 13 of 31 This is Randy Hanks’s story: When I was young, I watched my mother pass away from a respiratory illness. I was crushed and vowed to never put myself in a position where I’d potentially lose someone…

31 Days of CF: Working Out a Way to Not Waste Away

Photo courtesy of Julia Mahoney Day 12 of 31 This is Julia Mahoney’s story: Bombs. That’s what CF means to me. I was in sheer denial, wasting away, sitting at 18% lung function. I needed new lungs and it didn’t resonate with me. …


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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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