Cystic Fibrosis

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Imagine drowning, lungs filling with water that swallows the air and suffocates those caught in it. Now, imagine drowning in a hospital bed surrounded by doctors and family members who can only stand by and watch the inevitable. This is the fate of a person with Cystic Fibrosis. Cystic Fibrosis is a disease that forces a person to drown in mucus that fills their lungs while it wreaks havoc on the body. This chronic disease causes devastating health problems, has no cure, and forces patients to endure painful temporary treatments. Taking daily medications, maintaining a social life, and staying moderately healthy are a constant struggle for people with Cystic Fibrosis. Unlike many of the diseases that plague people today Cystic Fibrosis is given to each patient by their parents. Cystic Fibrosis is ailment present at birth and given to patients by a defect in their parents genes (Lewis 1). A patient must gain a copy of the Cystic Fibrosis gene from each parent to be born with Cystic Fibrosis ("Cystic," 1). In the United States Cystic Fibrosis is the most fatal and most common inherited disease among Caucasian Americans with millions of Americans unaware they even carry the defective gene ("Cystic," 1; "Cystic,” Hereditary 45). Cystic Fibrosis affects one in twenty-nine Americans with over thirty-thousand known carriers among children and adults ("Cystic," 1;"About" 1). Even though Cystic Fibrosis is very common many are not aware they are carriers, this can be easily remedied with one simple medical examination. Diagnosing Cystic Fibrosis is extremely simple and easy. A simple test is important since so many are diagnosed, "About [one-thousand] new cases of Cystic Fibrosis are diagnosed each year" ("About... ... middle of paper ... ...ous medications. Cystic Fibrosis is an inherited chronic disease that while easy to diagnose comes with many terrible symptoms and social problems that make a life with Cystic Fibrosis a constant struggle. And even though every breath is painful, people with Cystic Fibrosis still fight for every breath they take. Works Cited “About Cystic Fibrosis” Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, n.d. 1-2. Web. 12 December 2013. “Cystic Fibrosis.” Hereditary Diseases. Fern Brown. New York: Franklin Watts, 1987. 44-50. Print. “Cystic Fibrosis.” University of Maryland Medical Center. n.p., 31 May 2013. 1-6. Web. 12 December 2013. Lewis, Rick. “Cystic Fibrosis.” FDA Consumer 27.5 (1993): 22. Academic Search Premier. Web. 18 November 2013. Silverstein, Alvin, Virginia Silverstein, and Robert Silverstein. Cystic Fibrosis. New York: Franklin Watts, 1994. Print.

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