Note: CNN asked Claire to write an article about her experience spending much of her life in the hospital.
(CNN) — I am 17 years old and a senior in high school. I am also, like thousands of other people living on this planet, sick.
Like “spend a quarter of my life in the hospital, do treatments every day to stay alive” sick.
I was born with cystic fibrosis, which the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation describes as a “life-threatening genetic disease that primarily affects the lungs and digestive system.” I was only 13 years old when I was forced to face the fragility of my own life. A routine surgery landed me in a medically induced coma for two weeks with a mere 1% chance of surviving. But survive I did… CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE