A cause very near and dear to me is the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF). Nine years ago, when I was pregnant with Spittlefish, we had no idea that LG and I were carriers of a gene that causes Cystic Fibrosis, an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of over 30,000 individuals in the United States.
People with CF can have a variety of symptoms, including:
- very salty-tasting skin;
- persistent coughing, at times with phlegm;
- frequent lung infections;
- wheezing or shortness of breath;
- poor growth/weight gain in spite of a good appetite; and