hello! I was diagnosed when I was 16 - at the end of my junior year of high school. growing up, I had "asthma and allergies". I began to notice that, of all the people I knew to have asthma, I was the only one coughing all the time. Not only that, but I had such a thick, wet cough in comparison to others with asthma. It's a funny thing that really got me wondering, in addition to all this... I had a biology teacher who one day randomly started talking about CF to the class, and I was struck with the realization that I fit her description too closely for comfort. I brought this up with my allergist, and he referred me to a pediatrician friend of his. This man checked me out and, suspecting CF, he sent me off for a sweat test. I got the test done, and that was it - I was told I had CF. I don't remember clearly what happened... I had been scheduled for a sinus surgery before I had any suspicions of having CF. I think I was tested the day I went in for that surgery. Anyway, I've blocked out a lot; it wasn't a pleasant experience - the surgery mainly being the unpleasant part. After the initial diagnosis I was in denial for a long while... But, thank God, I've turned around and started working toward a positive, healthy life! I'm still learning to accept the disease; still trying to find balance.
Well, that's my story. I'm glad you asked; I never get the opportunity to share my story with anyone.
Best of luck to you. Feel free to email me any time!
we are all lying in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.