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WHAT IS CYSTIC FIBROSIS?

Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a life-threatening genetic disease that primarily affects the lungs and digestive system. An estimated 30,000 children and adults in the United States (70,000 worldwide) have CF.

In people with CF, a defective gene and its protein product cause the body to produce unusually thick, sticky mucus that:

• Clogs the lungs and leads to life-threatening lung infections.

• Obstructs the pancreas and stops natural enzymes from helping the body break down food and absorb vital nutrients.

In the 1950s, few children with CF lived to attend elementary school. Since then, tremendous progress in understanding and treating CF has led to dramatic improvements in the length and quality of life for those with CF. Many people with the disease can now expect to live into their 30s, 40s and beyond.

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+ What are the symptoms of CF?

+ How do people get CF?

+ Who gets CF?

+ How is CF diagnosed?

+ How is CF treated?

+ What is the life expectancy for people with CF?

+ Is there a cure for CF?

+ How does CF affect the lungs?

+ Does lung transplant cure CF?

+ Can CF be treated with gene therapy?


WATCH NATHAN’S CF STORY // 43:38

WHY DO WE LOVE ADOPTION?

The Gospel is all about adoption. God has adopted us into His family, Joseph adopted Jesus into his family, and now we continue the story of adoption, redemption, and love in our own family. As a result of Nathan’s disease, we are unable to have our own children. Through the means of adoption, God has been able to bring two beautiful gifts to our home.

In the fall of 2010 we adopted our first daughter, Lydia, from the Alaskan foster system. She is an absolutely gorgeous and “cheeky” Tlingit and Iñupiat Alaskan. Her passive-intellectual humor and her determined personality always keeps us on our toes.

In early 2011 we also finalized the adoption of our second daughter, Arianna, through a private agency. She is a beautiful, feisty bundle of energy with a personality to match.

Both girls are absolute miracles and nothing less than gifts from our Heavenly Father. We are blessed to have them in our lives.

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