I think knowing other CFers is like a rescue to us. For many reasons. By knowing other CFers we get the chance to talk to someone who actulley knows what we're going through everyday of our lives. They actulley understand. Also when we're talking about stuff like PFT's and all that, they know what it means. We don't have to go off explaining what PFT's mean, why we do them, or what the numbers mean. Like we would with alot of non CFers. It's almost like a council to us. When I talk to other people with CF, like Lauren, I feel alot better about myself. I don't really know why, but I honestly do. It helps me realize that there's other people out there like me who do this stuff everyday just to stay healthy. Also, talking to older CF patients has a way of helping me. It helps me because I know that someday I can grow up to be that old.
I look up to alot of CF patients. I have a very close friend who has CF, he was on the transplant list for about 5 1/2 years. Throughtout those 5 1/2 years he was getting sicker, but even though he was getting sicker he still kept going. He left his house almost everyday, (actulley I would of been surprised if he ever stayed home) and he still had a positive attitude about EVERYTHING. He never gave up, even on his toughest days. He kept doing all his treatments, and taking all of his pills. Everytime I talk to him I feel like a more postive person. He has showed me to never give up, and keep going no matter how hard you want to stop.
So for all of you CFers out there...
keep a positive attitude, talk to other CF patients, and never give up!