Healthy Living

Sophomore at Staunton River Combats Her Cystic Fibrosis Through Her Love of Sports

How does the disease affect Ball?

Cystic fibrosis is described by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation as "a progressive, genetic disease that causes persistent lung infections and limits the ability to breathe over time." Because of this, Lynsey and many other cystic fibrosis patients suffer from continuous coughing, extremely high risk of frequent lung infections including but not limited to pneumonia and bronchitis, trouble gaining or maintaining weight, wheezing, shortness of breath, and occasional bowel issues. When one thinks of the necessities to be a star athlete and how straining it can be on the body, many would decide those symptoms are barring. However, Ball refuses to let this genetic defect keep her from her dreams and passion.

Lynsey isn't alone. Over 30,000 people across the country are battling the disease just like she is. Unfortunately, a cure has not been found yet. The CFF Patient Registry also states that over 1,000 new cases are diagnosed every year. 

Closer to home, she is not alone either. Her younger brother, Jonathan, also has the disease.