All COVID-19 updates and resources can be found on the CF Canada website.

Skip To Content
Volunteer Advocate
cf insights cf insights

Tips on how to pursue your passion while having CF

“Follow your passion” is a common saying but what does it mean when you are living with a chronic illness? Members of our CF community are giving their advice on how they pursue their hobbies and/or passion(s) while having CF.

– “I have had to think a lot about this because my passion is education, so I got a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, but as soon as I spent more than a day in a classroom full of kids, I realized that it was unrealistic for me to be around so many germs all the time and expect to stay healthy. Fortunately, I have found ways to be involved in education that don’t involve classroom teaching – I have worked for non-profit literacy organizations, and I’m working on coordinating early learning programs. Sometimes you just have to adjust how you approach your passion!” – Terra Stephenson

-“Hobbies and passions can be a real balancing act. Many change over time based on age alone. Some change because of health. I used to play hockey frequently. As I grew older and my lung function declined I stopped playing, but part of the reason had nothing to do with my health and everything to do with playing late nights and working the next morning. If it is something you truly are passionate about you will find a way to be involved.” – Rob Burtch

-“Like anyone else. I just have to be aware of my limitations and try hard not to overstep them. Most times I get the right balance, other times I screw up like everyone else. Except when I screw up I can end up sick.” – Tim Vallillee

-“I pursue them all the same. I don’t let it really impact what I love. I do them the best that I can.” – Chelsea Gagnon

-“I suppose the way I pursue hobbies is mostly from home but I am currently a member of the Kinsmen Club of Bridgewater and that gets me out to volunteer in the community when I can with fellow members.” – Nicholas Evans

-“Growing up, I loved playing sports and being active but as I got older it got much harder to keep up with others my age. I hated being on the sidelines, so I decided when I was unable to participate I would find something else to be passionate about…CF. I have dedicated most of my adult life to raising funds and awareness for CF; that has led me down a path I never envisioned, but now I can’t imagine doing anything else.” – Meaghan MacRury

– “By choosing them carefully. Having an outlet is so important when dealing with the constant battle of a chronic illness and throwing yourself into something you’re passionate about can be a great release. It makes it easier when you can still participate in your hobbies and passions when you’re sick, so choosing them carefully is helpful.” – Kim Wood

-“I have always been passionate about athletics. I have many other passions, but for this, athletics will be the example I use to offer my insight. I participated in sports from a very young age. All that athletics offer marvels me. I could speak to the plethora of positive and rewarding ideologies I found in sport, but that is a whole other question. In regards to how I have pursued, and continue to pursue my passions, I treat them as most others would. I let my passions evolve as I do most other components of my life. I embrace the activities I can be actively involved in. For those, I can’t (be actively involved in) I still admire and engage them, but in a different and accepting way. I embrace my passions fully and sometimes consider what may be later in my life, but I do not dwell on this. I am grateful and I strive to be present. My upbringing, formal education and career, as well as many of my passions, centered around healthy active living and sport.” – Alex McCombes