Libby Thornton

Cystic Fibrosis is a life-threatening disorder that impairs the lungs and the digestive system. This is a difficult challenge that freshman Libby Thornton, diagnosed the day she was born, has to face everyday.

“My life with cystic fibrosis has been very difficult over the years,” Thornton said. “I’ve had to adjust to many challenges, including up to five hour doctors visits, waking up at 4:45 every morning just to do treatments, spending hours a day planning out all of my oral medicines, and sometimes frequent admissions into the hospital.”

Cystic Fibrosis takes a toll on the digestive system by affecting cells that produce important digestive juices. Cystic Fibrosis also affects sweat and mucus-producing cells. As a result, these fluids become thick and plug up lung passageways.

“Because my digestive system doesn’t work properly on its own, I have to take 5 pills before every meal. I take up to 45 pills and eight breathing treatments per day. I also have to do an airway clearance machine two times a day.” Thornton said.

Cystic Fibrosis is time consuming for Thornton, but through all of the hardships of taking care of her disorder properly, works to obtain a regular High School experience.

“It’s sometimes very hard to balance school, dance team, and Cystic Fibrosis. I multi-task as much as I can,” Thornton said. “Any extra free time I have, before, after, or in between dance class, I work on homework and do my treatments.”