Home Spirometers: A Useful Tool in Tracking CF Symptoms and Progress

Guest Blog By: Meranda Honaker

Over the last several months my health has continued to decline despite being compliant and diligent with my healthcare routine. In July I developed a fever during a trip to Boston to speak to a biotech company about my journey with cystic fibrosis. I developed a fever and by the end of my visit, I was unable to walk up steps without severe dyspnea. I was so exhausted from feeling sick I would return to my hotel room to lay in the bed for hours to rest. My chest pain and shortness of breath became so severe in the coming days that I could no longer take a deep breath. I checked my SpiroPd home spirometer which displayed a definite decline in my lung function. I immediately contacted my CF clinic to see my CF doctor. Initially, despite feeling bad, I assumed I was feeling poorly and decided not to rush to CF clinic. Sometimes I have a bad day or few bad days health wise and begin to improve on my own. Once I saw my lung function had declined I knew I needed to be seen in CF clinic rather than waiting it out.
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Tell Congress to Oppose the American Health Care Act

The House of Representatives will soon vote on legislation that would jeopardize access to affordable and adequate health care coverage for people with cystic fibrosis.

The bills would effectively eliminate Medicaid expansion and alter Medicaid’s funding structure in a way that would reduce access to care Continue reading Tell Congress to Oppose the American Health Care Act

‘Stunning’ gap: Canadians with cystic fibrosis outlive Americans by a decade

‘Stunning’ gap: Canadians with cystic fibrosis outlive Americans by a decade

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When Cystic Fibrosis is Out of Our Control

There are those people that go with the flow and don’t stress as much about life events, but I would say a majority of people want to have control over how life pans out. I’m certainly the kind of person that needs to know how things will happen, I need to have a plan, and I worry about how my life will fall into place. Basically, I have a need to be in control. I have, for the most part, always maintained control over my disease, which is the most uncontrollable factor in my life. Continue reading When Cystic Fibrosis is Out of Our Control

Medical Records Are Crucial — By Beth Sufian, JD

In this blog we provide information related to medical records and their importance to a person with CF.

Nothing in this blog post is meant to be legal advice about your specific situation and is only meant as information.  

Medical Records Are Crucial

Detailed and accurate medical records can help with a variety of issues. Medical records are important for those applying for Social Security benefits or undergoing an SSA Continuing Disability Review. Continue reading Medical Records Are Crucial — By Beth Sufian, JD

Making it Matter Ep. 24 – Dealing with Disease Progression

Julia and I take a question from my most recent Facebook Live on the Boomer Esiason Foundation page, which asks about the progression of cystic fibrosis and how we deal with it.

Since cystic fibrosis is a progressive disease, it can take an emotional Continue reading Making it Matter Ep. 24 – Dealing with Disease Progression

‘Tis The Season

By Piper Beatty Welsh

The holidays are a time for miracles. We see it everywhere we turn, whether in the birth of a newborn baby, or the oil that lit the Temple light, or just in the warmth of family and friends or the gleam in a child’s eye. The holidays are a season of gathering; a season of celebration, generosity, and forgiveness; and a Continue reading ‘Tis The Season

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.

6 Tips for Standing Back Up

6 Tips for Standing Back Up After Being Knocked Down — Guest Blog By Emily Kramer-Golinkoff

Originally posted on Emily’s Entourage, on July 27, 2015
http://www.emilysentourage.org/6-tips-for-standing-back-up-after-being-knocked-down/

The other week, I got some disappointing news at the doctor’s. I have to be honest, it caught me off guard and knocked me down. It also got me thinking about life, the punches it can throw, and how to get back up with strength, conviction and authenticity.Here are 6 tips for standing back up after being knocked down:

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Making it Matter Episode 7 – How to Stay Busy When You’re Sick

I’ve been dealing with a bit of bug for the past week, so Julia and I decided to podcast about being sick, and what we do to keep ourselves occupied when things get tough. Unfortunately the sick days do add up, so I definitely feel like a pro when it comes to killing time, and I’m sure Julia does too. Continue reading Making it Matter Episode 7 – How to Stay Busy When You’re Sick