Cystic Fibrosis and “The Fault in Our Stars”

About a year ago CNN brought us the story of Dalton and Katie Prager, two young adults with cystic fibrosis who met on the Internet and went on to get married.

Their story, drawing plenty of similarities from the book and movie The Fault in Our Stars, has captivated a nationwide audience thanks to several different media outlets and the creation of a Facebook page with thousands of followers.

Unfortunately, that story came to an end today.

Katie Prager passed away from complications due to CF early this morning, while Dalton passed away only a few days ago after just as long of a fight with CF. From CNN:

Katie Prager, the wife in the real “Fault in Our Stars” couple, died Thursday after complications from cystic fibrosis and a lung transplant. She was 26 years old…Her husband, Dalton Prager, died just days earlier, on Saturday, after suffering from the same disease. He was 25.

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  1. I am so sorry that you were so verbally “beaten up” on that story. I never dated another CFer because of the inherent closeness that you described. They all seemed to be more like my brothers. However, I do know that it is very difficult, if not impossible for some, to control who one falls in love with. I swore I’d never marry a smoker. Guess what – I couldn’t control who I feel in love with and eventually married (no worries, there were severely strict rules in place that he did abide by like not smoking in the house or in our car and he did quit a couple of years later). All that said, I do agree that it is in our best interest to TRY to mentally and physically set boundaries with others with CF. The cross-infection risk is just too great. I have friends with CF who I’d dearly love to meet in person and really be able to hang out with, but I know it just isn’t possible. I don’t need anything new and I’d never forgive myself if I hurt them…and both situations are just too likely.

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