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Congratulations! You have reached the beginning
of adulthood. It is a very exciting time when you can
vote, drink legally and start to make big decisions
about what you want to do with your life. The aim of
this booklet is not for you to sit down and read it all
at once, but to have a look now and then at the bits
that might concern you during your initial journey into
adulthood.
1. Introduction
As well as facing all the highs and lows and challenges of being
a young adult, you have the extra challenge of living with cystic
fibrosis. This may affect you not only physically, but also emotionally,
socially and financially. This booklet provides hints and tips for topics
such as living independently, living with your parents, talking to
doctors and medical staff, standing up for yourself and dealing with
anxiety or depression.
It may take time to accept the realities of a long-term illness, but
young adults who learn about their illness, seek support from others,
and participate actively in the care of their body have more positive
outcomes.
So best of luck to you as you navigate through the twists and turns
of adulthood and enjoy TAKING CHARGE!