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Cystic Fibrosis and Divorce

Love and MarriageDespite having cystic fibrosis, I live a charmed life. My fibros with their wonderful women by their sides know exactly what I’m talking about. As a kid, I had no concept that I would be a less-than-desirable partner when I grew up. As a teen, it started to become more evident that I wasn’t like the guys who had girls hanging off their arms, soon followed by the realization that CFers have the deck stacked against them when it comes to finding work that can support a family. Our wedding day was, without a doubt, my happiest day of my life – but the story doesn’t end there for couples, does it?

Divorce is rampant with rates around 50% for decades now and having a child born with CF sends those odds through the roof, certainly in the 60s and 70s  when CFers were dying by the time they were 12, almost without exception. Money fights are still the biggest cause of divorce in America, and having a CFer will almost certainly put financial strain into all but the richest’s relationships. So…

A new era arrives

What happens when CFers start getting married? [Read more…]