PFAB Member Highlight: Meet Charles
I was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis while in grade school in the 1970’s after being treated for what was thought to be allergies for several years. I ran cross country in high school, went away to college and then medical school. Medical school at that time required extremely long hours 7 days a week which interfered with (and caused me to miss) my daily aerosol and chest physiotherapy treatments. I found that once I got onto a dedicated schedule, my health improved and remained good for many years. I opted to work in hospital finance, which took advantage of my medical knowledge. I am now retired.
I am married and have two rescue dogs (beagles) who love to go on daily walks. My wife and I enjoy travelling and trying new food at the local restaurants. I like to go to auctions, thrift and antique stores, and garage sales in my spare time.
Over the years I have found that living with cystic fibrosis should not limit what I want to do and my wife, family, and friends were extremely helpful at helping to create a lifestyle that kept me healthy and supported me whenever I got sick.