"CF may be a part of you, but do not let it define you."
The experience of living with cystic fibrosis is markedly different today than it was decades ago. Thanks to the discovery of the CF gene, the availability of effective drug therapies and advances in technology, the 30,000 Americans who deal with the disease day in and day out are living longer and fuller lives. In a word, they are thriving.

David Wagner

David's Story

My name is David, I am 36 years old and living with cystic fibrosis. I was born in Iowa but have called Minnesota home for most of my life. Although I only have two biological siblings, one of which has CF, there are 17 people with CF in my family. I was adopted into a loving family of which many have CF, and each day is truly a blessing with such special people.

David on Giving Back

I am grateful that I was able to get my nursing degree from Hennepyn Technical College and be able to use that knowledge in my career today as a nursing assistant home healthcare provider. I do specialize with CF patients. Although to many that can sound risky, I do take all precautions, such as always thoroughly washing my hands. This is a true passion to me, and I am happy to say that I am part of the National Registry for CF Nursing Group, and with this I am able to give back to the many patients living and battling daily with CF.

Along with working, I also enjoy doing a great deal of volunteer work. I am part of the neighborhood watch program, which is very rewarding to me because this gives me time to exercise while watching out for others. I also spend a lot of time running a 24-hour CF support group hotline. This hotline helps the many CF patients and their families to have a place to call for any reason at any time.

David on Compliance and Staying Healthy

Other than working and providing my time to the community, I do try and stay active. Although I am not able to play hockey like I used to, I still enjoy swimming and bowling. I hope to continue being healthy enough to travel down the path I am going down to not only better myself but all others around me.

I know how important it is to stay compliant with my medication and treatments even when times get tough. To me, not taking care of myself is like a free ticket to jail because if I don’t take care of myself, I will be sick and not able to do anything. I am so proud to say that I have been able to help so many, and I can only hope that I can continue helping many more and hopefully keep meeting my goals. I am extremely happy with my life and I would like to show by example to others that life with CF can be a happy one!

Favorite Holiday: Christmas

Favorite Food: Alligator

Favorite Pastime: Hockey

Favorite Movie: Harry Potter

Favorite Music: Country

Favorite Color: Red

Nickname: CF Kid

One Word to Describe You: Helpful

Role Model: Kirby Puckett

Favorite Words of Wisdom: “CF will not stand for cystic fibrosis, it will stand for CURE FOUND … ”

Dream Vacation: Walt Disney World

You can find David on: Facebook, Twitter and Cystic-L