My wonderful CF friend Cindy asked why are people with cf so much BETTER than everyone else? I mean, they are clearly superior to the rest of the human race. What causes that?
My answer on FB was:
Well Cindy, we CFers are so rad because someone or something gave us such shitty genes they decided we need the AWESOME genes to make up for it. So we are some bad-ass, sexy, down to earth, mo-fo's who take shit from no one. We rock.
The longer version is this:
CFers are amazing and awesome because we deal with a ton of shit on a daily basis and the only way to get through it is to be awesome. We need to have kick ass personalities to make up for the short life span and the coughing uncontrollably at the most awkward moments. Our sense of humor needs to be such that we can laugh at ourselves over the silliest and most disgusting things. We need to live life to the fullest in only a short time so we don't have time to waste on the stupid shit.
Frankly, we are who we are because of CF. And no one can take that away from us ;) Whether you think your CFer is awesome or not, they are fighting a hard battle that only gets worse as the years go on. Remember that the next time they are too tired to do something, or just want to hang out at home. We are stubborn as all hell too and won't tell you when we feel like shit, unless we really feel shitty. Sometimes saying, "I'm a little tired let's stay in," means I feel like shit and a need a rest.
Treat your CFer with kindness and respect and love. We all want and need it, CF or not.