This is the first story in a series of five about Cystic Fibrosis and the upcoming Shelby County Cystic Fibrosis event.
According to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Cystic Fibrosis is a disease passed down through families that causes thick, sticky mucus to build up in the lungs, digestive tract, and other areas of the body. It is one of the most common chronic lung diseases in children and young adults. It is life-threatening and currently incurable.
Over 30,000 children and adults are affected by Cystic Fibrosis in the United States today. Last year through a series of stories, we shared what living with this disease was like for four young Shelby County citizens, Abbie Pancoast Vollmar, Joel Brachbill, Makenzie Fleshner Erwin and Lexie Taylor, who fight this disease every day. We also told the story of Meliah Miller who lost her battle with Cystic Fibrosis at the age of 24.
These stories offered you brief glimpses into their lives and their daily routines which include medications before every meal to help them digest food. Living with Cystic Fibrosis also means breathing treatments several times a day and treatments via special vests, designed to keep at bay thick, sticky mucus that can clog lungs and lead to dangerous, life-threatening infections. Still, these medicines and treatments are not enough. We need a solution to Cystic Fibrosis.
Abbie Pancoast Vollmar
Wife and mother, Abbie Vollmar continues to beat the odds of Cystic Fibrosis. For the most part, she has been healthy with a daily maintenance routine of several prescriptions and multiple chest treatments through a nebulizer. While her health has been fairly stable, this year did not go without complication. In the spring, Vollmar had a lung infection which sent her to the hospital for four days with pneumonia.
When she is not taking treatments, Vollmar spends her days at home caring for and chasing her extremely active 20 month-old toddlers. She marvels at her twin girls and at how quickly they grow. She talks of her family’s move into their first home and their bright future.