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You have CF when?

You know you have CF when

Please leave your additions to this list no matter how serious, funny or just plain stupid, in the comment section or alternatively email them to me at

  • You wish more people would be open to stem cell research as it would help others
  • You can instruct the nurses how to work the IV machine at the hospital.
  • You can take 30 tablets during a big meal with out anyone noticing.
  • Some of the most memorable times with your friends is hanging out and wasting time at the hospital. Exploding IV bags, scarring nurses
  • You have also learned who your real friends are because most people can’t take the pressure of being around a person who has CF.
  • You make people wince on a daily basis because of the sound of your cough.
  • You laugh when someone says you have a nasty cold at the sound of your cough.
  • You can sleep through anything—you perfected the skill by being shaken by your vest all of these years.
  • You are a multi-tasker by need. While doing you’re vest you MUST eat breakfast, do your nebulizers, homework, make-up, straighten your hair and have a conversation with your mother about your most current ache in your chest all at once or it would never get done.
  • The sound of your Pari pumps calms you.
  • You learn by the age of 15 that life is a gift and most people don’t see it’s pretty paper!
  • You have used you vest multiple times as a torment device for your dog by blowing air at him and watching him try to catch it in his mouth, entertainment device for the kids because a shaking vest is a fun ‘toy’ and a laughing tool for the adults when you try to talk to keep up with the conversation, even on the maximum setting.
  • Many people have commented to you that you are very wise for your age—yippee!
  • You don’t expect to live past 18 then when you do, have a mid-life crisis, because for you 20 is mid-life.
  • You learn to tie your laces so they come undone when you need a rest
  • You time your cough during gun fights and loud music at the cinmea
  • Get mini *treatment highs* after doing treatments where your heart beat is elevated and you talk a lot.
  • You get truly pissed at people who don’t put yes as organ donors on their driver’s license—what the hell are you going to do with them when you’re dead, huh?!
  • You feel as if there is ALWAYS someone worse off than you somewhere
  • You are constantly on the go, realizing that time stands still for no one.
  • You are more scared of losing your loved ones, family and friends then you are of dying your self.
  • You realize at an extremely young age that you can buy everything but time and as a CFer that is the one thing you would love to have!
  • when you cough people tell you that you should lay off the cigarettes.. yeah i wish it was from smoking a-hole haha
  • You know you have CF when you have a stash of Cipro under the bed
  • In Kindergarten your fairy floss bread has Enzymes wrapped to the top
  • Your allowed soda while everyone else has juice during little lunch
  • You know you have CF when you wake up and everything hurts for no apparent reason.
  • You feel accomplished when you exercise and don’t pass out.
  • During a Pub Crawl you leave each pub 10 minutes before the others but arrive at the next pub at the exact same time.
  • You learn not to be judgemental
  • You like to hear the reality of your health issues no matter how bad as it give you piece of mind in know what to expect
  • You have a code word that means “we have to leave now” for emergencies
  • You learn to watch all types of movies and tv shows because you spend so much time on the couch doing treatments.
  • Your mid-life crisis occurs at 17 (you have a cup of eer. lol)
  • You have so many random unexplained pains you learn to sleep them off before worrying.
  • You weigh up the pros and cons for everything (Party – Pro fun – Con Swine Flu)
  • You juggle sex doing Pulmozyme, priming your IV line and writing your next CF blog.
  • You learn to get on with life and not hold a gurdge as life is too short for grudges.
  • Sex is charted as physical exercise and you load up on carbs in ready for the big night….few seconds.
  • Your friends say after visiting your house they feel healthier due to the copious amounts of antibiotics in the atmosphere.
  • You like your own time.
  • You constantly check your mucus for strange and wonderful new things like heamoptysis.
  • Get annoyed with people who complain about a common cold, try having CF for a day.
  • You have multiple scars from PICC lines, IV’s and surgeries and are proud of them.
  • You have your pharmacist, family doctor, CF doctor, the emergency room that you always use and your medical insurance company in your cell phone phone book.
  • You know more medical terms by the age of ten than most people know their whole lives
  • Share your mucus to people when you cough it up whether they want to see it or not. You’re proud .
  • You Friends and Family can identify you in any major shopping centre by the sound of your cough.


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  2. You know you have CF when…

    your friends and family can identify you in any major shopping center by the sound of your cough.

    Comment by bankrgrl | September 12, 2009 | Reply

    • hahaha like it being added

      Comment by pegson123 | September 12, 2009 | Reply

  3. You know you have CF when…

    Everybody use the stairs and you need the lift just for the first floof

    Comment by kostas | September 16, 2009 | Reply

    • true

      Comment by pegson123 | September 16, 2009 | Reply

    • lol true

      Comment by aaron jerlin | October 24, 2009 | Reply

  4. you’re an expert at juggling and keeping untangled: nebulizer tubing, vest hoses, IV tubing, laptop wiring…

    Comment by joan | September 22, 2009 | Reply

  5. You are in Prep (first year of primary school) and you insist to your teacher (on healthy breakfast day)that CoCo Pops are a healthy breakfast for you.
    You know if the medical students are going to pass when they have examined you

    Comment by Cathy | September 25, 2009 | Reply

  6. haha good one cathy

    Comment by pegson123 | October 19, 2009 | Reply

  7. you would never let a grad nurse touch you, they know nothing!

    you have tried warm tea and honey because the nice lady in the shopping centre said “it’ll clear up your cough”… didnt work haha

    Comment by Tara | October 21, 2009 | Reply

    • gawd that has happen so many times…and the oh you have a bad cold

      Comment by pegson123 | October 21, 2009 | Reply

  8. You have CF when you eat more fats and sugars than 10 of your friend s combined

    Comment by aaron jerlin | October 24, 2009 | Reply

  9. You know you have CF when:

    Your 4 year old knows more medical terms than the med students coming to check him out.

    Your 4 year old knows how to give his own IVs, flush the PICC line, and knows if you’re doing it wrong.

    Your 4 year old know how to swallow more pills and bigger pills than your 6 year old.

    (Sorry mommy lists I guess)

    Comment by Dorothy | November 11, 2009 | Reply

    • haha nice ones dorothy have u any more about to do the monthy update and add them into the main page??

      Comment by pegson123 | November 12, 2009 | Reply

  10. Your three year old wants to know when you get new lungs will you stop coughing.

    Your three year old can dismantle your neb and wash it for you.

    You go out for dinner and eat more than everybody else at the table and the all say l can give you some of my fat if you like.

    Comment by Andrew | November 12, 2009 | Reply

    • hahaha andrew i have experienced the offering of someones fat…..all the bloody time…

      Comment by pegson123 | November 12, 2009 | Reply

  11. I love them all and so comforting too–thank you fellow Cfers!! :0)

    Comment by Jaclyn | November 15, 2009 | Reply

  12. You would rather suck yourself off even if a super model begs to do it for you!

    Comment by Mitch | December 6, 2009 | Reply

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