Living with CF
At just 3 months of age, Michael was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis (CF), a genetic disorder with no cure that affects the lungs and causes many breathing difficulties. CF is the most common life-threatening, a recessive genetic condition affecting children in Australia.
Michael had spent far too much of his young life in and out of hospital being treated for lung and chest infections, and in 2014 at age 34 he made the decision to take part in a clinical trial at the Institute for Respiratory Health.
Since the trial began over a year ago, Michael’s condition has improved immensely. “My illness meant that I would contract at least four chest infections a year and I was constantly having to take sick days off work. I also found it hard to do too much physical exercise and would probably only be able to run a maximum of 2km at the best of times”, he says.
“I can’t explain how much of a difference I have felt both in terms of my health and in my general quality of life since being a part of the clinical trials. I haven’t contracted one chest infection since I began the treatment and I have managed to improve my fitness significantly”.