Hannah Hoffman’s journey with Cystic Fibrosis

Having a chronic genetic disease can cause many problems in daily life. Junior Hannah Hoffman, has overcome these issues and made the best of her daily challenges.

“Cystic Fibrosis affects me in my everyday life because I do lots of treatments every day,” Hoffman said. “This disease has not held me back from being my bubbly, talkative self and from doing any activity I like to do. I am still a normal teenager who likes sports, football games, school, friends, and Jesus.”   

Cystic Fibrosis affects over 30,000 people currently. It causes thick mucus to block airways in the lungs which cause problems when breathing and digesting food.

“I have a pill box full of vitamins and antibiotics and have to take medicine before every meal,” Hoffman said. “Breathing treatments and inhalers are also necessities to help me breathe.”

Hannah does fundraisers including selling t-shirts and setting up photo shoots. McKenzie Williams, Hannah’s cousin, has assisted Hannah in setting up these fundraisers to raise money for a cure.

“I have helped Hannah recently by holding a photo shoot fundraiser,” Williams said. “I wanted to finally help out the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation by raising money, so I teamed up with Hannah, and we asked everyone we knew to sign up for a photo shoot. The fundraiser is still going on, but once it’s complete, we are donating all of the money to the foundation.”

Hannah has been dealing with this disease all of her life. She has been through a long journey with many ups and downs, which has affected others around her.

“Hannah’s journey has inspired me to never give up and that you can be happy no matter the circumstances,” junior Jennah Jenkins said. “She does a very good job focusing on all her good things in her life and not letting her everyday struggles affect her positive and friendly personality.”

Hannah has a Facebook page called ‘Crazy For A Cure’ where she posts pictures on her current status.