You have a new set of lungs! What should you expect next?

Cystic Fibrosis Podcast 183:
The Path Forward with Cystic Fibrosis
By Jerry Cahill
In the latest edition of The Path Forward with Cystic Fibrosis, Dr. Arcasoy from Columbia University Medical Center is back to explain what happens after a patient has a double lung transplant. He discusses pain management and the post-transplant care team in detail.
Here’s what to expect immediately pre and post-surgery:
  • Post-surgical care including pain management
  • Medical care that includes antibiotics, antirejection medication, and anti-infection medication
  • Psycho-social recovery assistance
Dr. Arcasoy also explains who your post-transplant care team is and what they do… it’s a lot, so here’s a cheat sheet:
WHO: Medical Transplant Pulmonologist and the Coordinator
WHAT:
Patients will meet with their Post-transplant team once a week for three months, then every 3-4 weeks for a year. At every meeting, the following occurs:
  • Chest x-ray
  • Lab work
  • Pulmonary function test
  • Physical exam
  • Conversation to review medications and overall health & wellness
  • Follow up lab review and medication changes
The schedule for bronchoscopies vary depending on the center, and additional testing can be added at any time deemed necessary.
Remember – every patient’s experience is completely unique! Do not get discouraged; and work with your care team to prepare both mentally and physically for the bumps along the way.

This video podcast was made possible through an unrestricted educational grant from Columbia University Medical Center and the Lung Transplant Project.

Three Ways CF Helps Me in My Career

Guest blog by: Reid D’Amico

Living with CF is hard. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve learned to pivot with many of CF’s new challenges. This has largely been an iterative process of successes and failures with plenty of feedback, patience, and assistance from friends and family. However, I’d like to focus on a few elements of CF that I believe have augmented my professionalism. These are elements that have taken time to develop, and are still being developed, but I believe that CF has provided a solid foundation for this professional growth. Continue reading Three Ways CF Helps Me in My Career

CF Podcast 170: Jerry’s Five Year Transplant Anniversary

Jerry Cahill, 5 years post transplant, shares the ups and downs of his journey as an organ donor recipient.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AcanwNW5A4k&t=8s

This podcast was made possible through an unrestricted educational grant from GENENTECH to the Boomer Esiason Foundation.

Up For Air is Available for Rent/Purchase

Up For Air, The Inspirational Award-winning Documentary Available for Rent/Purchase

We are excited to announce that the award-winning Up For Air documentary featuring BEF ambassador and 60-year-old pole-vaulting coach living with CF, Jerry Cahill, is now available to rent and purchase on Vimeo. Watch the full movie here:
https://vimeo.com/ondemand/upforair.

About Up For Air
The film, directed and produced by Artem Agafonov, was shot over a period of five years, highlighting the “lead by example” and “you cannot fail” attitude of Jerry Cahill as he overcomes the daily challenges of living with CF. Viewers will understand the importance of Jerry’s role as a coach and mentor to pole-vaulting athletes, as well as the sobering reality of Jerry’s daily medical regimen.

The documentary follows the steady decline of Jerry’s lung function, framing his body as a defective machine and pegging time as his ultimate antagonist. When Jerry’s lung capacity decreases to 19 percent, a double lung transplant becomes imminent.

Up For Air gives viewers a glimpse into Jerry’s journey as he transforms and vaults over the many obstacles of this next chapter of his life.

Learn more about Up For Air here.

BEF Presents Inspirational Documentary, Up For Air, About 60-year-old CF Ambassador

We are proud to support Up For Air, a documentary about BEF ambassador and 60-year-old pole-vaulting coach living with CF, Jerry Cahill.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5FhWPmFHcr0

The film, directed and produced by Artem Agafonov, was shot over a period of Continue reading BEF Presents Inspirational Documentary, Up For Air, About 60-year-old CF Ambassador

Trying to stay hydrated during the heat

By Andrea Eisenman

Almost every summer, since my transplant, I deal with some kind of low-sodium disaster and almost always need to go to an ER to get a saline IV, which, for me, is only temporary fix. I need to get ahead of the curve, so to speak and salt-up! Continue reading Trying to stay hydrated during the heat

CF Podcast 159: Cystic Fibrosis Medical Support Team

In this podcast, we hear from Jerry’s CF medical team about his journey with CF and life post-transplant. They share how they work as a team to make patients with CF feel cared for and supported. For Jerry, because of the extensive amount of time he spends with them, his doctors and nurses at Columbia University Continue reading CF Podcast 159: Cystic Fibrosis Medical Support Team

Boomer Esiason Foundation Announces Documentary Up For Air to Inspire Patients with Cystic Fibrosis to Become Active in Their Health

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The Boomer Esiason Foundation (BEF) today announced the documentary, Up For Air, which will premiere in a private screening on June 20, 2016 in New York City. The documentary follows Jerry Cahill, a 60-year-old pole-vaulting coach living Continue reading Boomer Esiason Foundation Announces Documentary Up For Air to Inspire Patients with Cystic Fibrosis to Become Active in Their Health

Happy Sweet 16 to My Donor Lungs!

On April 25th, I celebrated my 16-year lung transplant anniversary. Honestly, I had my doubts I would make it past year five. Not because of how I felt, but the statistics and median post-transplant Continue reading Happy Sweet 16 to My Donor Lungs!

Celebrating 4 Years Post Transplant with Jerry Cahill

Gunnar Esiason sat down with BEF CF Ambassador Jerry Cahill recently to find out more about his double lung transplant and the way his life has changed since he had the procedure 4 years ago. Jerry shares the many ways in which he has traded certain CF issues for complications that come Continue reading Celebrating 4 Years Post Transplant with Jerry Cahill