Cody was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at the age of nine.
Cystic Fibrosis, commonly known as CF, is a genetic
disease affecting approximately 30,000 children and adults in the
are more than 10 million people in the
The treatment of CF depends upon the stage of the disease and the organs involved. Clearing mucus from the lungs is an important part of the daily CF treatment regimen. Chest physical therapy is a form of airway clearance done by vigorous clapping on the back and chest to dislodge the thick mucus from the lungs. This must be done every day to keep the lungs and airways clear. CF also affects the pancreas in the majority of patients, keeping the body from absorbing sufficient nutrients needed to grow and to thrive. Most people with CF take daily vitamin supplements, eat a high-calorie diet, and take pancreatic enzyme replacements with every meal to help them digest their food. Often children and young adults with CF will take up to 50 or more pills a day to control the disease.
According to the CF Foundation, the median age of survival for persons with CF is 35.1 years, however, we continue to lose precious lives to CF every day. Many, like Cody, at a much younger age. Persons with CF typically require several hospital stays every year. These hospital stays last from 10-21 days, during which high doses of antibiotics are given, increased intense chest PT and aerosols are administered, and physical therapy is received to "tune-up" the level of health for the patient. Hospital stays are often as frequent as every 3-6 weeks for some CF patients.
While currently there is no cure for Cystic Fibrosis, scientists are searching for a cure. The gene that causes CF was discovered in 1989. Since that time, great advances have been made. Research and testing have contributed to prolonged life expectancy and an increase in the quality of life for the children and young adults who have this disease. With your help, one day soon we will find a cure.
What Cystic Fibrosis Cannot do:
It cannot cripple love
It cannot shatter hope
It cannot corrode faith
It cannot destroy peace
It cannot kill friendship
It cannot suppress memories
It cannot silence courage
It cannot invade the soul
It cannot steal eternal life
It cannot conquer the spirit
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