Chris is 39 years old and absolutely loves the outdoors. His favorite things include hunting, fishing, and playing with our son. He also loves animals, especially our dogs, and his job where he helps change young lives for the better. Chris also has Cystic Fibrosis (CF) and Cystic Fibrosis Related Diabetes (CFRD).
About CF & CFRD
CF is a genetic disorder that causes a buildup of thick mucus in the organs. In the lungs, the mucus clogs the airways and traps bacteria leading to infections, extensive lung damage, and eventually, respiratory failure and death. In the pancreas, the mucus prevents the release of digestive enzymes that allow the body to break down food and absorb vital nutrients.
CFRD is a type of diabetes that is a combination of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Damage to the pancreas caused by CF leaves it unable to produce insulin, similar to type 1 diabetes. Additionally, those with CFRD are also unable to process insulin correctly, similar to type 2.
Although treatments have come a long way in Chris's lifetime, there is no cure for CF. The current life expectancy for someone with CF is just 40 years old.
Five years ago Chris was living an active fairly healthy life when a severe illness sent our world into a talespin and his health has been in rapid decline ever since. He has spent months at a time in the hospital. Battling what seems to be endless respiratory infections including dormant Tuberculosis and MERSA. On top of needing constant oxygen he has a daily regimin that includes nebulizer, inhaled antibiotic, and chest wall oscillation VEST treatments. He has a PICC line and is taking IV antibiotics 14 hours per day. He takes 56 pills, 40 of which are just to help him get nutrients from the food he eats. He also requires insulin injections with every meal. Because of his constant illness he often finds his blood sugar levels out of control. This has led to another host of problems including extreme weight fluctuations and eyesight changes.
How You Can Help
Chris has been the primary provider for our family for many years. Now that his health has deteriorated to the point that he is unable to work we find ourselves falling further and further behind. We are on the verge of losing our home and can not afford to get to Chris's weekly doctors appointments 150 miles away.
Any help that you can give, either by donating or by sharing, would be very appreciated. As you can imagine, asking for help in this way is a very hard thing to do and words cannot express how much your kindness means to us. Thank you!
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