Laughter Is the Best Medicine

Baby Laughing

Posted by: Summer Katz, LMHC

Have you ever witnessed a baby with a giggle that turns into an uncontrollable belly laugh (for both you and the baby)? Unless you simply don’t like babies...

Navigating Chronic Illnesses with the Support of Available Resources

By: Summer Katz, M.A., LMHC

Living with a chronic illness such as cystic fibrosis can be overwhelming and cumbersome. The medication routine, the hours spent participating in treatment interventions and the regular attendance at doctor’s appointments or hospitalizations – all require adherence to a strict regimen. Because CF patients experience all of these things on a constant basis, there are moments where we may feel heightened frustration and be discouraged. Taking advantage o...

How to Make the Most of Your Hospital Stay

Living with a chronic medical condition, such as cystic fibrosis, is not easy. Ideally, we all want to experience moments and phases where we can “get a break” from the never-ending routine of stressors. Sometimes, we may recognize that the added aspects of our routine cause stress; such as taking me...

Adjusting to a New or “Another” Diagnosis

Adjusting to a New or “Another” Diagnosis

Posted by Summer Katz, LMHC, Patient Advocate

A little while ago, I began experiencing new and unwanted symptoms in comparison to what is normal for me. I briefly considered whether these symptoms could be short-lived and situational, and after recognizing that the symptoms would return, or did not seem to resolve, I decided to contact my cystic fibrosis clinic and medical team.

Prior to receiving the res...