What is Cystic Fibrosis?

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Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is a genetic disease someone is born with that effects mostly the lungs. It can also cause damage to the pancreas, liver, kidneys, and digestive system. CF affects the cells that produce mucus, causing a thick sticky mucus to build up in the lungs and other organs. This can cause extensive lung damage and respiratory failure. It also results in persistent lung infections that can lead to difficulty in breathing overtime and organ damage. There is currently no cure for CF, but it can be managed with medication and treatment. Liver disease is not common in people living with CF but can be an effect of the illness. The percentage of people living with CF and liver disease is less than 10%. The cause of my liver disease is due to my late diagnosis. When CF affects the liver, problems can include elevation of liver enzymes, and being unable to be treated with certain medications because my liver can’t tolerate them. Diabetes is common in people living with CF. My body still produces insulin just as any normal person’s body would, but the insulin gets clogged in my pancreas. Making it impossible for the insulin to work in my body. I have learned to manage and deal with everything in a way that works best for both my family and myself. It is never easy, but the best things in life are worth fighting for. I have so many things worth fighting for.

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