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For persons with CF, life includes a daily routine of therapy (both medications and chest physiotherapy) and periodic visits to a CF clinic. Otherwise, most individuals with cystic fibrosis lead normal lives, for many years, in terms of education, physical activity, and social relationships. Eventually, however, lung disease places increasing limits on daily life.
Thanks to advances in research and clinical care, growing numbers of children with CF are surviving into adulthood. In 1960, when the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CCFF) was founded, a child born with cystic fibrosis rarely lived four years. Today, half of all Canadians with CF are expected to live into their late-thirties and beyond.
In 2006, for the first time, more than 50% of all Canadians with CF were 18 years and older. These men and women are pursuing post-secondary education, careers and many are having families of their own; a tremendous accomplishment.
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