May is cystic fibrosis month, a month created by The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to raise awareness of the life-threatening disorder. This disorder affects the cells that create bodily fluids and makes them into a sticky, thick consistency which then causes them to gunk up the tubes and ducts in a human body. This disease is genetic and affects around 30,000 people in the United States. However, over ten million people have the CF gene but don’t know it because there are little or no symptoms.
The most common symptom of cystic fibrosis is a strong and persistent cough. This is because the lungs are getting gunked up with fluid and making it difficult for the person to breathe properly. Another common symptom of CF is frequent lung infections which is a life-threatening infection, especially for someone living with cystic fibrosis.
When CF awareness month first started, it was meant to encourage people to screen for cystic fibrosis as well as find a cure or treatment for the disorder. However, these days most babies are screened for CF which means that this month is strongly geared towards finding a cure so that people who are living with cystic fibrosis can live a longer, happier life.
These days, the average life expectancy for a person with cystic fibrosis is thirty-seven years. This is a large jump from years ago when people with CF were expected to die in childhood or adolescence. This is thanks to scientific advancement in the area of treating people with CF and dealing with lung infections which is the cause of a lot of deaths in people with cystic fibrosis.
To get involved in this month, you can share the cause on social media and with the people you know. You can also donate to the cause to help further scientific research in this area and help get closer to finding a cure for people who are living with cystic fibrosis. We are getting closer and closer each year and CF patients are living longer and longer. We can all help to find that cure!