Having CF is difficult. There is no denying that. Some days it is hell, other days it is fairly easy given the circumstances. But with all the bad that has happened, having CF is the best thing that ever happened to me.
I know that sounds absolutely crazy! But hear me out:
Without CF I wouldn’t be married!
That’s right. I met my husband through a woman I met online in a CF support group. I became friends with her and her husband who had CF and a double lung transplant. I instantly clicked with this woman and when I eventually met her and her husband in person, it was best friends instantly. They also mentioned they thought I would be perfect for her brother. I of course shook it off because all of my friends had someone “perfect” for me. Turns out, they were right! When I met my now husband we immediately connected. It was instant, like the kind you see in movies where you just know they are the one. I moved in with him after six weeks and three years later we were married. I haven’t looked back. These fantastic people I met are now part of my family. And I would never have met him, or them, had I been born healthy.
Without CF I wouldn’t have some of my best friends!
As awful and crazy that CF can be, it also has some of the best people in the world entrapped in its claws. I have a close set of “cysters” whom share everything with each other, in a tight knit group we have formed. Whether it is CF related or not. I also have some other close friends with CF that I can’t imagine my life without. We bonded over our mutual genetic lottery loss, and became friends. These people have helped push me harder than I would have on my own. They have forced me out of my comfort zone in so many ways, making me stronger. I owe a part of who I am to these people. Without CF I would have missed out on these great friendships and my life would be a little less full without them.
So while I hate this disease and I hate losing friends to it, I cannot imagine a world without it. Because a world without it would mean a world without these amazing people and to me, they are worth the CF life!