Cystic fibrosis patients dating each other

The two organs most affected are the lungs and pancreas, where the thick mucus causes breathing and digestive problems.The thicker mucus has trouble moving out of the lungs, so bacteria can remain and cause infections.The mucus is thicker than normal because CF affects cells in the epithelium (pronounced: eh-puh-THEE-lee-um), the layer of cells that lines the passages in the body's organs.In a person who does not have CF, the epithelial cells produce a thin, watery mucus that acts like a lubricant and helps protect the body's tissues.In someone with CF, however, the thicker mucus doesn't move as easily.This thick, sticky mucus clogs passages in many of the body's organs and infection sets in.

Because the mucus can block the path between the pancreas and the intestines, people with CF have trouble digesting food and getting the vitamins and nutrients they need from it.A social network launched by the non-profit Cystic Fibrosis Canada will help them find one another and converse via video-chat, instant message or online forums.“It’s the kind of thing the community really needs,” says Carly Stagg, 31, of Calgary, a CF patient who was actively involved in planning and designing the new portal.Stagg was diagnosed at the age of 14, much later than most cases, which are identified in the first few years of life.Meetings and conferences are places where such cross-infection could occur, so even at cystic fibrosis-related events there should only be one person with cystic fibrosis in attendance at a time.We offer internet forums and platforms to enable people with cystic fibrosis to interact safely, and we live stream events wherever possible.

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