Sisterly Battle against Cystic Fibrosis

Ever wonder what it’s like, to struggle to breathe? This is what sisters Jillian, 7 and Breanna, 8 must deal with daily. Both girls have Cystic Fibrosis, an inherited disease that causes mucus to build up in the lungs. As a result, breathing can be difficult.   Both sisters try to lead as normal a childhood as possible. Outgoing and energetic, they love to be outdoors and jump at every chance to play outside.

Amidst their playing though, are their medical treatments. They each have four different kinds of nebulizer treatment, that must be taken twice a day. If they are sick, another two nebulizer treatments are required. They also must take enzymes with every meal, to better absorb nutrients. Recently Breanna has been prescribed new medication due to her lung function becoming worse.

For now it’s a waiting game. Medical science is working hard to find better treatments, and ultimately a cure. While they wait, the family kindly asks for prayers for their little girls. Time is the name of the game for someone with CF. Time though, may be something in short supply for these girls.

Thank you to David Penix, and the girl’s mother for allowing me to share the story of these little girls.


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