Cystic fibrosis affects each person with varying degrees of severity. Each person with CF follows an individualized treatment program. For many, life consists of a daily routine of physical and inhalation therapy to keep the lungs free of congestion. It also includes a high-calorie diet and regimen of pancreatic enzymes and vitamin supplements to ensure adequate nutrition. Regular visits to a CF clinic are essential.
A growing number of children with CF are surviving into adulthood. For many years, most people with cystic fibrosis lead normal lives. They go to school, pursue challenging careers, play sports, enjoy active social lives and have families of their own. However, lung disease eventually places increasing limits on their daily lives.