Testing Back to Caregiver Corner Learning That Your Loved One Has CF When your child is diagnosed with cystic fibrosis (CF) you may feel overwhelmed, anxious, or even angry. But it’s important to know that you are not alone. Understanding CFThere are so many available resources to help you understand more about CF, such as:The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation: A nonprofit foundation that funds research in drug development, while educating and supporting the CF communityBoomer Esiason Foundation: A nonprofit organization that partners with medical and business communities in an effort to find a cure for CFCystic Fibrosis Research Institute (CFRI): A nonprofit organization that funds CF research, provides educational and personal support, and spreads awareness about CF The CF community is a close-knit one, and there are many opportunities to seek out support from other caregivers in online forums and on social media. Your loved one’s daily life with CF With major advancements in CF treatments in the past few decades, most people with CF incorporate treatment routines and techniques into their daily life. To understand more about caring for a child with CF, check out these caregiver tips: Understanding CF nutrition Avoiding germs Planning family travel Navigating insurance Talk about CF with friends and family CF is a complicated disease. So it makes sense that people in your child’s life, including family and friends, will have questions. Consider the following tips to help guide your discussions about CF: Explain what CF is: Many people won’t be familiar with CF, so don’t feel shy about educating them Find out their health status: It’s important for friends and family to know that when spending time with someone with CF, even minor illnesses, like a cold, can be a big deal Explain your child’s treatments: They may be able to lend a hand in the future if you’re comfortable with it Use this guide to help you talk about CF with others. Use this guide to help you talk about CF with others.