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There is, too, the spectre of illness or death — about half those who died of CF in 2012 were under 32 years old. “As much as I prepare for my future, for what it might look like, I really just don’t know,” says Cali.FIVE years ago Angie Bruns’ husband, Kevin, was told he would die.And there is the question, how long a parent with CF will live? “Every time I think about having kids, I think about what’s going to happen if I’m not around?What’s going to happen if I can’t be a good father?“It’s a difficult conversation and at the end of the day, I don’t know if there’s going to be a definite answer.” Cali says the first years of their life together were relatively unfettered by disease symptoms.But Bauer’s health started to decline a couple years ago and took a nosedive last fall.They both decided policing wasn’t for them and went on to earn undergraduate and later, graduate degrees.Bauer, 29, is nearly done a second master's degree in business administration. But there is an added layer to their conversations on whether to and when.
“I’d like to be a father, I’d like to be around to see my children grow up and graduate and go to university and get married,” says Bauer.
For the majority of people with CF, conceiving naturally is impossible.
In vitro fertilization can cost in the tens of thousands of dollars, though the Ontario government recently announced it would launch a -million a year program to help offset the price. About one in 25 Canadians carries the gene mutation responsible for the disease; a child born to two carriers has a 25 per cent chance of having cystic fibrosis and a one-in-two chance of being a carrier.
Angie, 33, of Bartholomew Court, Colchester, who is a nurse, has seen the best and worst of how sufferers cope with Cystic Fibrosis.
Kevin, who was diagnosed with the condition when he was 18-months-old, was able to battle on and triumph over the condition to celebrate his 50th birthday last year.
There are days when I can’t even muster up the energy to get myself out of bed,” says Bauer.