Healthy Living

Cystic Fibrosis: Accommodating for College

Colin Butler, 21, Georgia

“To help me be independent when I left home, my parents were very good (especially my senior year of high school). They nagged me less to do my treatments, other than a little reminder. And, they let me do it by myself because they knew once I left for college, it would be completely on me. They can't be there for me like they were every day in high school and it becomes my responsibility once I leave. Them just letting me do my thing and be myself, reminding me that I would have to face the consequences if I didn't do my treatments, helped me a lot when I was growing up.”

“It's definitely harder without the constant reminders from your parents because when you're in college, there's so much to do and having cystic fibrosis is like having a full-time job. And so, it takes a lot of work to make sure you have enough time in your schedule every day to get your treatments done.”