Essay on Cystic Fibrosis Awareness

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Cystic fibrosis, also known as CF, affects over 30,000 children and adults world-wide. CF is a disease in the lungs and digestive system and is still incurable today. It is a disease that causes thick, abnormal mucus in the lungs, nasal polyps, fatigue, and can also damage organs in a person’s body. According to, over 70% of CF patients are diagnosed at two years of age. Cystic fibrosis is one of the most life-threatening diseases in the United States and is very common amongst chronic diseases. Cystic fibrosis is most commonly diagnosed in young children and sometimes adults.
I have been dealing with cystic fibrosis my entire life because my fourteen year old brother was diagnosed with it when he was born. He was in
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They have to take medications, such as enzymes or vitamins, before they eat or drink anything (besides water) to break down and digest whatever they consume. Because of low production of enzymes and insulin, their body will cause horrid smelling diarrhea, coughing up blood, weight loss, low health, malnutrition, or it can form a type of diabetes. Cystic fibrosis patients may also undergo fatigue or reoccurring episodes of pneumonia and abnormal pains in the abdomen. Another major symptom of cystic fibrosis is clubbed fingers/toes. If a person has cystic fibrosis they will need to look after their weight and try keeping it up because the disease may cause weight loss. It could also be possible to have an enlarged heart. Gallstones may also appear more frequently.
Now in modern times, cystic fibrosis patients can live longer because of treatments and the invention of medicines to help them manage the disease. Adults with CF usually have problems with breathing and digestion and problems can occur with the reproductive system, which can lead to infertility in male patients. Female patients can have problems during pregnancy. However, cystic fibrosis is not contagious. It is a genetic mutation carried by both parents. A child who is born to parents with the gene has a 1-4 chance of getting it. It generally only is found in Caucasian people with a northern descent, but is also sometimes
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