"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.

There is a multitude of organizations working to support the cystic fibrosis community, as well as a variety of tools and information available to help people with CF not just live, but thrive.

Podcast 101: Motivation - Before and After a Lung Transplant

Dottie Lessard, 44 and living with cystic fibrosis, continues to achieve and re-invent herself 16 years post-double-lung transplant.

Dottie is an athlete and life coach, a published author (Seven Letters That Saved My Life), and founder of Dottie’s Dream, a nonprofit organization. Most importantly, Dottie is the proud mother of a seven-year-old son, Liam.

Dottie grew up in New York and was diagnosed with CF at six weeks of age. She started playing basketball at an early age, and as she got sicker, she always found a way to exercise, even if it was only five minutes every day. “Exercise empowers me,” she says.

“I was listed for a double lung transplant in 1992 and stayed motivated by thinking of all the great things I would do post-transplant,” Dottie says. Post-transplant, Dottie continued to focus on being an athlete and started competing in the Transplant Games in 1996. She now exercises 45 to 60 minutes every day.

Dottie’s words of wisdom for people with CF… believe! … find a balance … stay positive.

This “LIVING. BREATHING. SUCCEEDING.” Podcast/Vodcast is made possible through an unrestricted educational grant from Genentech to the Boomer Esiason Foundation.