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IN THE NAME OF HEALTH

Official leave from hospital to go on 25 km national walk

Despite being hospitalized and with only 40% lung capacity, Caroline Guillotte, a vibrant woman with cystic fibrosis, covered 25 km under pouring rain during the CARSTAR Walk to Make Cystic Fibrosis History, in Laval on May 29, 2016.

Ms. Guillotte says she walked for herself, her family and friends, and HER cause. “This illness takes a lot of our energy, but it’s important not to complain and to maintain some degree of control. As I’m demanding and am always trying to give my best, I asked my doctor for leave so I can walk a second time this year. Nothing can stop me—not even the rain. I’m proud of myself!” she adds enthusiastically.

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Thanks to cystic fibrosis she has an indescribable source of motivation and taste for success. Many of her friends and family have supported her, both financially and morally, for her health.

A clinical trial with Vertex

This exceptional woman is currently taking part in a two-year clinical study with Vertex. It’s already showing promising results. Her health is more stable and her respiratory function has increased. This was beyond hope just three months ago. “I am filled with hope for us [people living with cystic fibrosis] and for the generations to come,” she says.

Retired for seven years

Between treatments, she also has an active social life. She studies translation and nutrition on a (very) part-time basis. She works out. She’s involved in organizing Juritour 2016. In fact, she is blossoming and enjoying her retirement! Cystic fibrosis gave Caroline a desire to live and fight every day to live to the fullest. Today, she has learned to live differently. Her new job is herself and her health.

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