*This post is dedicated to a friend of mine who has CF. She is a very strong person*
This week (April 10-16) is a week to spread awareness for Cystic Fibrosis. I, myself, wasn't too familiar with it until a few years ago. I knew that Cystic Fibrosis was a disease but I didn't know a lot about it before. When I knew that this week was coming up, I wanted to write a post and spread more awareness to this disease.
If you are not aware of it is, Cystic fibrosis is a progressive, genetic disease that causes persistent lung infections and limits the ability to breathe over time. It is a genetic disease. People with CF have inherited two copies of the defective CF gene -- one copy from each parent. Both parents must have at least one copy of the defective gene (Cystic Fibrosis Foundation., n.d.).
Some statistics about CF are (Cystic Fibrosis Foundation., n.d.).:
- More than 30,000 people are living with cystic fibrosis (more than 70,000 worldwide).
- Approximately 1,000 new cases of CF are diagnosed each year.
- More than 75 percent of people with CF are diagnosed by age 2.
- More than half of the CF population is age 18 or older.
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. (n.d.). Retrieved April 12, 2017, from https://www.cff.org/What-is-CF/About-Cystic-Fibrosis/