Every May, the cystic fibrosis community comes together for CF Awareness Month.

The theme of this year’s CF Awareness Month is, “More Than a Lung Disease”

What is cystic fibrosis?

It is an inherited life-threatening disorder that damages the lungs and digestive system.

Cystic fibrosis affects the cells that produce mucus, sweat and digestive juices. It causes these fluids to become thick and sticky. They then plug up tubes, ducts and passageways.

Cystic fibrosis is a progressive, genetic disease that causes long-lasting lung infections and limits the ability to breathe over time

More than 70,000 people worldwide have cystic fibrosis. It is a rare genetic disease that can affect people of every racial and ethnic group.

In spite of its rarity- it is important to create awareness for this disease.

Thankfully, today, because of improved medical treatments and care, more than half of people with cystic fibrosis are 18 and older and they are expected to live healthy, fulfilling lives into their 30s, 40s, and beyond. #

Sadly, approximately 1,000 new cases of cystic fibrosis are diagnosed each year.

Quick fact- for some reasons, Ireland not only has the highest incidence of cystic fibrosis in the world, but also the largest proportion of families with more than one child suffering from condition

Our closing thoughts
There are many rare diseases out there, many we do not even know about and continually learn about

There at least 10,000 diseases in the world, maybe even more.

If you do not have any or rarely have had a disease you should be super grateful.

Give us some ❤️❤️❤️❤️

#thehealthplace_ #cysticfibrosis#cysticfibrosisawareness#gratefulheart

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