Perspectives From
the Cystic Fibrosis
(CF) Community 

Everyone’s experience with CF is unique. Listen along as individuals in the community share their diverse perspectives on how CF impacts day-to-day life, and get useful information to help empower you in your own journey.


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Finding a Flow That Fits You

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Get to know opera singer, yoga teacher, community leader, and entrepreneur Katie as she explains the unique experiences that led her to where she is today and shares how she incorporates mindfulness and joy into her routine on a daily basis. But first, listen to her guided meditation episode on Uncommon Lungs.

Ground yourself in more tips to support your emotional wellbeing and find activities that bring you joy and support your health.

Take a Mindful Moment

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Find a quiet space and follow along with this relaxing mindfulness meditation led by yoga teacher, Katie Malik. Then, learn more about Katie in her conversation with Julia Rae

Looking for more like this? Take a moment to try one of these stress-reducing breathing exercises or try another guided practice.

Embracing Your Personal Journey With CF

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From leaving Guatemala with her family in search of crucial CF care to getting her masters and becoming a bilingual speech-language pathologist, Maria shares how her positive outlook and strong support system helped her stay true to herself every step of the way.

Wherever you are in your journey right now, stay inspired with community perspectives and learn ways to keep the positivity flowing with the Maintaining a Healthy Mindset video.

Reflecting on Past Conversations

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Reminisce with highlights from previous podcast episodes and get some hints about future episode topics with host Julia Rae.

Get more nuggets of wisdom from previous podcast guests in this stress management article and in this financial planning article.

Making Your Career Work for You

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Finding a career you enjoy can be so fulfilling. John and Julia discuss how they’ve each cultivated a work-life balance that fits their lifestyle and Human Resources expert Susan gives examples of workplace accommodations and job search tips.

Get more information on Workplace Accommodations and discover other workplace considerations.

Facing Finances

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Caregiver Magen gets real about the financial challenges she has faced as a parent of twins with CF and social worker Amanda gives advice about making difficult life decisions and finding financial assistance.

Find more finance tips and check out our letter template to request insurance coverage.

Building Body Awareness

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Belle talks through her relationship with her body and how her experience as a student athlete has affected that relationship. Dietitian Molly provides a few methods for listening to your body and making sure it’s getting the nutrition it needs.

Get more tips from Molly in the Dishing on Fats and Nutrition video and explore the Body section of the site to expand your knowledge.

Coming of Age Stories

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Tara moved across an ocean for love. Hear how she found support in her community and built a life she never imagined possible.

Feeling inspired? Read up on relationship tips.

Caregiver Experiences

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Jen and her son, Michael, discuss some of the challenges they were able to overcome, the incredible accomplishments they’ve achieved, and how they’ve made the most of every moment.

Navigate milestones with your loved one.

Staying on Track & Making Time for Hobbies

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College student Grace shares her experience pursuing a degree during the pandemic and how that has shaped her daily routine.

Looking for ways to stay on track yourself? Check out our Staying on Track Journal and our College Transition Guide.


Meet the Host

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Julia Rae is an actor, singer, model, writer, and advocate for the cystic fibrosis community. Living with CF herself, she has always made a point of empowering and uplifting people who have chronic conditions, and even founded her own non-profit at the age of 16 to help fund music therapy programs for children facing challenges.

Along with hosting the Uncommon Lungs podcast, Julia Rae has made multiple TV and movie appearances. She now splits her time between her hometown, Philadelphia, New York City, and Los Angeles.