Caiya Wagner was born in April 2014. After 30 days and many doctors visit due to her inability to gain weight we learned she was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis. Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a genetic disorder that affects mostly the lungs, but also the pancreas, liver, kidneys, and intestine. Long-term issues include difficulty breathing and coughing up mucus as a result of frequent lung infections. Caiya is a normal little girl but has many challenges and obstacles compared to other children. First of all, her diet is very abnormal due to the fact that her body lacks the enzymes to break down protein. She must take artificial enzymes every time she intakes any food. The lungs are the major risk. Imagine living life by breathing through a straw. This is the norm for Caiya. Exercising and physically therapy such as medical treatments are a daily task that keeps Caiya from getting worse. There is no known cure for cystic fibrosis, but with foundations such as the CF Foundation, medical advancements are improving. Lung infections are treated with antibiotics which may be given intravenously, inhaled, or by mouth. The common cold has a severe potential of putting Caiya in the hospital for days/weeks. At some point in her early to mid-life it will be expected that she must endure a lung transplant. At this point it is up to God if her body will accept or reject the transplant.
Caiya is too young to understand her condition, but rather this is a way of life for her. Someday she will be taught how to manage it and cope with her peers. For right now she lives, laughs, plays like any other 3-year-old girl, and is a proud big sister (who is a CF carrier). As she gets older she will need to learn to manage her condition as she plays with other children as she is very susceptible to illnesses. Her parents are very proud of her and fight alongside her each and every day.