Cystic fibrosis is a progressive, genetic disorder that causes damage to the lungs and pancreas, and limits the ability to breathe over time. It also affects the digestive system and the cells that produce mucus, sweat and digestive juices. In the lungs, the mucus clogs the airways and traps bacteria leading to infections, extensive lung damage and eventually, respiratory failure. The condition often requires daily care but improvements in screening and treatments have lengthened life expectancy.
Organizations exist to provide support and resources to individuals experiencing cystic fibrosis in their lives.