Breaking Down the Best Advice from This Cystic Fibrosis Resource

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is an incredible resource for anyone living with the condition. Recently, they put together advice to help those living with CF manage their treatment plans.

Among the highlights:

If you’ve got cystic fibrosis, why should you maintain a regular treatment plan?

  1. You will feel more energetic
  2. You could have fewer exacerbations and hospitalizations
  3. Lung function may improve, contributing to a longer life

What should your treatment plan consist of?

  1. Regular visits to a care center
  2. Airway clearance
  3. Breathing treatments
  4. Nutrition
  5. Fitness

What are some of the challenges for maintaining your treatment plan?

  1. You’re too busy
  2. You don’t have enough energy

What are some strategies for overcoming those challenges?

  1. Make a list of the things you’d like to achieve in life, so you remain motivated to maintain your health
  2. As much as you can, incorporate treatment as part of your daily routine. The more habitual it is, the more likely you are to do what you need to
  3. Include necessary tasks on your calendar, so you have visual reminders
  4. Set reminders on your cell phone or laptop
  5. Keep a list of any challenges you encounter, so you can discuss them with your health care team

I recommend checking out the full article for even more great advice, helpful links, and anecdotes. And don’t forget to watch the webcast about fitting CF treatment into a busy schedule.

James Ernest Cassady

James Ernest Cassady

Though "Ernest" is a family name that's been passed down for generations, James truly earned his middle moniker when, at the age of five, he told his mother that "laughing is stupid unless EVERYBODY is happy." Since then, the serious little bastard has been on a mission to highlight the world's shortcomings (and hopefully correct them). In addition to his volunteer work at hospitals and animal shelters, James also enjoys documentaries and the work of William Faulkner. He is originally from Oklahoma.

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