Haley C.

Undergraduate Recipient



"As you pursue your dreams of higher education, describe what changes you would like to see in the CF community. What steps would you take to initiate these changes?"


When I was transitioning from my pediatric CF clinic to the adult clinic, I was told when I was sixteen that I would begin my solo visits to prepare me. The social workers, pharmacists, respiratory therapists, nutritionists, and physicians would quiz me on my therapies and my medications. However, no one educated me on how rigorous the transition would actually be. I never knew how much time and effort going to the CF clinic would entail by myself. The changes that I would like to see improved in the CF community is the education and facilitation of the teen moving into the adult world. The education needs to include independent care and managing your CF, mentoring programs for navigating the adult clinic from young adults who have gone through the same transition and promoting adult CF clinics to become more multi-disciplined. Within the pediatric CF clinic, I was able to see someone from all the major departments (social work, respiratory, gastroenterology, pharmacy, nutrition, etc). At the adult clinic, I have my PFTs and review my care with my pulmonologist. If I have any other problem that is CF related, I have to make an appointment at another office on another day. As a college student, I do not have the time to spread over multiple doctor’s visits along with my treatments. Creating a more unified adult CF clinic can help alleviate the stress and fear of transitioning from the pediatric clinic to a more independent adult life.

 

Haley C.'s Artwork

Haley C.'s Achievements

  • Member of Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society at the University of west Georgia (2017-2018)
  • Dean's List Freshman Year (2017-2018)
  • 2018 Elementals Art Foundations Exhibition at the University of West Georgia Award Winner
  • Volunteer at the Carroll County Animal Shelter
  • Volunteer at the Carroll County Soup Kitchen
  • Team Leader for Team Haley for the CFF Great Strides Walk
  • Member of Delta Zeta Pi Rho at the University of West Georgia
  • 2018 Guard 2 of Delta Zeta Pi Rho
  • 2018 T Shirt Chair of Delta Zeta Pi Rho
  • 2018 Kilarny Rose Court of Delta Zeta Pi Rho - Freshman