what could that be?
it’s like any other “walk.” you walk 3 to 5 miles for a cause like breast cancer or the humane society or multiple sclerosis. this one just happens to be for cf.
cf stands for cystic fibrosis which is a genetic disorder. both parents must be carriers of the mutations and even then there is only a 25% chance your child will have it. this genetic disorder affects the respiratory system and the digestive system.
to put it very very simply the genetic mutation creates mucous that affects the lungs and the digestive tract (and creates a pancreatic deficiancy). so the people with this disease have their lungs fill up with mucous (which is why they have to do a vest treatment that shakes them violently to release the mucous) ,and their bodies don’t absorb nutrients. so unless they take lots of enzymes, they could suffer from malnutrition.
the clinic i work for is a cf center so i know a LOT of cf patients. i LOVE our cf patients.
so we participated in the cf walk on saturday. we included dane, brin, maya, me and ELIZABETH! aka the best nanny EVER! we haven’t seen her for a while so it was really nice to spend time walking 3 miles around a lake and catching up with her.
this was my favorite part of the walk:
we had 1/2 mile left, but we were getting behind a lot of slow people. elizabeth is quite tall and has long legs, and my legs tend to be a little longer than i think sometimes, so we wanted a little bit more room (look at that run on sentence!)
at one point, we decided to start running weaving in and out of other walkers (we weren’t being obnoxious–elizabeth is NOT an obnoxious person. i may be, but SHE is not). we decided to go down a path down the hill that we thought was parallel to the the sidewalk where the majority of the walkers were. suddenly halfway down the hill i noticed the path curved and went UNDER a bridge that the walkers were crossing over!
“gotta turn! gotta turn!” we were pushing the strollers and running, so abruptly we turned and off roaded it over the grass to get back to the correct sidewalk. it was so funny!
when we got back to the start, we had lunch that was provided for us and enjoyed our lunch and another playground.