Cystic Fibrosis was for decades a pediatric disease because most of our patients would not live into adulthood. With the medical advances in treatments, medications, and awareness raised for transplantation in recent times, our CF’ers are living longer and longer lives, thankfully. We do make it to adulthood now and beyond, but that presents with a whole new set of issues. And the biggest one is being able to provide for ourselves.
As technology advances along with medicine the possibility that we can acquire careers and good jobs, with great benefits, becomes more and more of a reality. However, we still CF. We still need more sick days than most, we need to be hospitalized, we need to do treatments for 3-4 hours, twice or three time a day, we need access to our oscillating vests, and our nebulizers, and at times our IV antibiotics. That’s probably not ever going to change for us. So what we do need more than anything is employers that understand, are willing with work with us, and can see a value to what we CAN do… our abilities, not our disabilities.
And that takes a whole lot of education in the corporate world. We aim to start the conversations that will hopefully lead to an open mind about employing people with chronic illnesses, not just CF either. We want Corporate America to start providing some flexibility about the people that make up a diverse team. What does it really mean to be “inclusive” in today’s world? Are you as a company doing everything you could be to ensure people with disabilities are not overlooked?
Appreciate Every Breath Foundation™ aims to work with companies to provide education, facilitation, and consulting services. Our focus is on how to make significant changes to their hiring process, on-boarding procedures, flexibility scheduling, and access provisioning to enable patients with Cystic FIbrosis, and other chronic illnesses, be able to provide value to their teams. With some minor changes, technology advancements, and know-how companies can truly become inclusive.
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Does you company want to learn how to support our Cystic Fibrosis warriors? Become a partner with Appreciate Every Breath Foundation™ and provide more opportunities for our champions that allows them a balance between providing value to your teams and self-care. Apply and a representative will contact you with 24 hours.
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