As a young boy growing up I always had breathing problems. My parents said I had Asthma and was treated for that on a daily basis but I still had many health issues. My mother who was a nurse saw that I got the medical care. I was tested with a sweat gland test but passed . Not until later in life and after Military Service and moving to Austin did I find out what I really had. For many years I just thought Asthma was the problem. At the age of 40 I was feeling ill and went to the VA to see a Doctor; when he walked into the room he heard me cough and said to me, ” I think you might have CF.” I did not know what he was talking about. He took blood and sent it off to the Mayo Clinic and I found out two weeks later that I had CF. That moment now put a name to the enemy and I could fight it. I have been blessed with great doctors and support. Life with CF has changed me, as I get older PFT’s have gone down and I have to make adjustments, but there is light at the end of the tunnel. The support systems that are in place for CF families and PTs are wonderful. Prayers and Blessings to all!
– Ron, Leander, TX