Lifestyle Support For Those With Cystic Fibrosis

Lifestyle Support For Those With Cystic Fibrosis

Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is a chronic condition that has no cure. For many suffering from CF there are many physical and emotional challenges presented by the condition that can leave many feeling isolated, depressed, or restricted for by their illness.

People with CF are living longer and more fulfilling lives than ever before and Share Lawyers has compiled a list of lifestyle support for those with CF.

Physical Health

Diet and Exercise

A fundamental part of slowing the progression of a chronic condition like Cystic Fibrosis is a healthy lifestyle. Nutrition is a key to ensuring long-term health and for those with CF including a well balanced diet that includes a higher fat intake and drinking lots of fluids. For a comprehensive view of nutritional support you can consult The Canadian Guide to Nutrition and Cystic Fibrosis, which includes general guideline and recipes.

Physical exercise and activity is also a key to overall health. Work with you healthcare team so they can recommend the exercise and activities that best suit you and your needs this can include walking, swimming, hiking, biking, sports, or fitness classes. Keep in mind that staying hydrated is important during vigorous exercise for everyone.

Lifestyle Support For Those With Cystic Fibrosis

 

Mental Health

The World Health Organization (WHO) constitution states: “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”

Research has shown that patients with chronic diseases like CF are more likely to develop anxiety and depression. When you’re dealing with a serious medical condition it can not just affect your physical but also your mental state. Depression is very common among patients with CF and its important to remember you are not alone. Work with your medical team to get access to the resources you need like therapy, counselling, medication, or group support.

Financial Support

For many living with CF, constant hospital visits, bills, and medications can not only be a financial burden, but can also make it difficult to work. For more information about federal and provincial resources like tax credits and deductions for those with disabilities visit  www.cra.gc.ca/disability.

Community Resources

Having a sense of community is important when you have a chronic condition. Your friends and family who do not have CF are great resources to talk to, but sometimes speaking with someone with first hand experience can make all the difference.

Consider the online groups, webinars, and blog posts supported by Cystic Fibrosis Canada, CysticLife.org, CysticFibrosis.com, SmartPatients.com, or the Jerry Cahill Cystic Fibrosis Podcast to hear stories, tips, and experiences of others with Cystic Fibrosis.

Living your best live with CF does not just include adequate medical care. Having a comprehensive view and access to the lifestyle supports you need are all building blocks to ensure a foundation for a happy and healthy life.


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