10 Things People with Cystic Fibrosis Want You to Know
More than 30,000 individuals in the United States live with cystic fibrosis (CF) and doctors diagnose about 1,000 new cases each year. Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disorder that mainly affects the lungs, but also the liver, intestines, pancreas, and kidneys. It affects the cells that produce mucus, sweat, and digestive juices. Therefore, instead of acting as a lubricant, the secretions build up in the lungs and block the airways, causing symptoms such as breathing difficulties and a persistent cough. CF is most common among individuals of Northern European ancestry and affects about 1 out of 3,000 newborns. May is Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month and to offer insight on what it is like to live with such a condition, here are 10 things individuals with CF want you to know.