VCU Adult Cystic Fibrosis Program

Common Cystic Fibrosis Misunderstandings

    Cystic Fibrosis is NOT contagious.
    CF is a hereditary disease that can NOT be passed from person to person by any form of personal contact.

    Cystic Fibrosis is NOT asthma.
    Although some doctors might mis-diagnose CF as asthma, they are two totally different conditions with some similar symptoms.

    Cystic Fibrosis does NOT make you look different.
    Children and adults with CF look the same as other children and adults. There is no physical stigma associated with CF.

    Cystic Fibrosis does NOT affect neurological development.
    Most children with CF meet developmental milestones within normal limits.

    Cystic Fibrosis is NOT a disability.
    While some children and adults with CF have some limitations due to their disease, most are able to lead normal, active, and productive lives.


    Patients with Cystic Fibrosis should embrace life!
    Go to School / Work, Play Sports / Exercise, Have Friends, Have Fun!