2 people dating cystic fibrosis
According to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, few children who suffered from the disease in the 1950s lived to attend elementary school, but now many people diagnosed with the condition can expect to live into their 30s, 40s or longer.People with CF all carry germs, all of the time, in their airways-both lung and sinuses.Unfortunately, those germs can definitely be passed from one person with CF to another, possibly causing risk to the newly infected person.So, we ask that people with CF avoid close contact with others with CF, unless they are family members.But at the back of my mind there is always a number - the average life expectancy for someone with my disease. I do, but thankfully my younger brother Nick, and elder brother Alex, don't.When I was diagnosed at five, the average life expectancy was 17, but each case is different.Given my health problems- I've been admitted to hospital at least a dozen times with infections, sometimes for several months - I could have hidden away and given up.
This mucus builds up in the breathing passages of the lungs and in the pancreas.I love new sports and I've been whitewater-rafting, tandem sky-diving and bungee-jumping in Australia. When I'm asked what is the worst part of my illness, I'd have to say the exhaustion.The rigorous exercise and physiotherapy regime required to help loosen the mucus on the lungs would tire anyone.You'd hardly know I was ill if you were to look at me. It's an incurable, genetic disease, where sufferers have thick mucus clogging their lungs.
I go out with my friends, have a drink, travel, work, all the things everyone else does. Because of scarring from infection, a sufferer will either slowly suffocate - leaving their lungs unable to supply enough oxygen to the body - or their immune system loses the battle against infections. Should both parents have the gene, there is a one-in-four chance their child will have it.
Cystic fibrosis is a disease that causes thick, sticky mucus to build up in the lungs, digestive tract, and other areas of the body.