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andrdyb
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   Posted 5/13/2009 2:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone! I am the mother of a CF patient who is 20. I am in a doctoral program (psychology field) and I just started my multicultural class. We are supposed to choose a particular population that we would like to understand better and educate others about. I thought it would be neat to think outside the box of ethnicity and race and focus on the CF patient population. Even though I've lived with one for 20 years, we have always been isolated from other CF patients and so I believe I could really use a wider perspective of the CF experience and I am excited about the opportunity to educate my classmates when I do my presentation at the end of the semester. What do you guys think of such a project and would you be interested in sharing your perspective on here regarding the unique "CF culture" factors that seem to develop consistently in CF families? This is a fresh idea, so I am totally open to feedback, adjustments and suggestions!

Gemsi
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   Posted 5/13/2009 11:10 PM (GMT -7)   
It's a fantastic idea for you to be doing this.

With my mum, even though she's a psychiatric nurse and done papers on CF, it feels like she has absolutely no clue still when it comes to CF and offers only irritation rather than understanding. However, I don't know what side she did to CF-if she did it from a doctors point of view-I'm sure some of them still think CF is a piece of cake. I think the study you seem to be doing is a good one which you and others can gain understanding from. CF is a very individual thing and varies a lot between patients. CF can cause a lot of secondary problems, such as liver cirrohsis, kidney trouble, tinnitus because of some of the meds commonly used to treat infections, diabetes. However it also doesn't effect things such as the eyes (there is no CFTR protein in the eyes, however of course medication still might cause problems) and apparently CF hearts are very healthy due to the fact they get extra exercise trying to compensate for CF lungs.

I am going to ask you, if it's possible for you to email our admin with your ideas before posting them. We're technically not allowed studies of any kind on here, without Peter's permission. However this isn't a research study, and I definately think it's something you could gear as something helpful to everyone on here-patients themselves, parents and other family, and also people just wanting to learn more about CF in general.

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andrdyb
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   Posted 5/15/2009 9:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Darkies,
Thank you so much for your guidance. You're right - this would be a totally different approach. Not looking at the medical directly, but more looking at the cultural "norms" that develop somewhat consistently in CF families, despite the fact that every CF patient is different. Things like...how does a CF child affect family size, how does it affect family relationships, are things different for male versus female patients, what are the typical views about marriage/family/work/career...etc. I think I've been guilty of "not getting it" also and I think that learning from CF patients who are not my child will really help me "get it" better when dealing with my own daughter. It's like you can't see the forest for the trees sometimes you know? Sometimes you have to get out of the forest to gain a clear view. I will email Peter right away. Like you pointed out, I'm hoping to educate not only myself, but as many people as I can. The more people understand the million and one ways (not just medical) CF affects a person's life and everyone they love - the more motivated they will be to support care and a cure. I'm particularly concerned that the mental and emotional health of CF patients doesn't get enough attention. Understandable since the physical is primary, but thank the Lord, a researcher at UM is conducting research on how mental health affects physical health outcomes in CF patients. Exciting stuff!

andrdyb
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   Posted 5/15/2009 9:46 AM (GMT -7)   
Oh - I don't know if you could turn off the ability for people to reply to this posting (or delete it), as I don't want to violate any regulations. Once I hear from Peter, I'll post a fresh topic.

Gemsi
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   Posted 5/16/2009 9:01 AM (GMT -7)   
I can delete the thread and posts, but only Peter has the ability to lock it.
There's nothing breaking rules so far, so I am happy to leave this thread here, until you get permission from Peter, don't worry:)
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