Today's guest is a woman who has Cystic Fibrosis. It's a condition which requires constant monitoring and medication. Ireland has the highest incidence in the world of Cystic Fibrosis per head of population and also has some of the most severe strains of it. Our guest is here to answer your questions about her experience of life with CF.
What is Cystic Fibrosis?
Cystic fibrosis (CF) is an inherited chronic disease that primarily affects the lungs and digestive system of about 1,300 children and adults in the Ireland (70,000 worldwide). 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; and
- obstructs the pancreas and stops natural enzymes from helping the body break down and absorb food.
Let's get the AMA forum off to a great start with some questions for Succubus_
[Info above is from Cystic Fibrosis Ireland]