Welcome to cure4hannah.com

Welcome to cure4hannah.com



 
So fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
2 Corinthians 4:18 NIV

However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name.
1 Peter 4:16 NIV

 
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Hannah  during a stay at Cincinnati Children's hospital.


Hannah Donoghue will be attending the Art Academy of Cincinnati in the fall of 2018.  She is pursuing her bachelor's in photography!  She has received a scholarship from the Academy.

She enjoys drawing, softball, and photography.

She is seen here taking her respiratory therapy for cystic fibrosis.


She takes two treatments a day each lasting over 30 minutes.

The vest she is wearing vibrates to breakup and clear the mucus in her lungs.  She also takes three medicines by nebulizer each day.  Two in the morning and two in the evening.  Every other month she now takes Tobi an inhaled antibiotic which adds an additional hour to her treatments. When Hannah is ill, she takes treatments every four hours.

She also has CF related diabetes and liver disease. She also has severe sinus problems.

She takes several pills and shots each day.

Flonase twice a day, ciprodex twice a day these are for her sinuses.

ZenPep enzymes with meals and snacks totaling over 30 pills per day. Omeprazole twice a day for reflux.  Senokot twice a day and miralax twice a day for intestinal issues.  Ursodiol twice a day for her liver disease.  Aquadek vitamin once a day plus a pill to help prevent migraines and medication for ADD.

  For her diabetes she takes insulin shots.


 

  

 
Meet Hannah Donoghue

Hello my name is Hannah Donoghue and I am eighteen years old.  On February 21, 2001 when I was six months old, my mom received a call from my doctor announcing my diagnosis with the terminal disease, cystic fibrosis. Nothing any parent would want to hear, but my mom said she was relieved to have some type of reasoning as to why I had been really sick, losing weight and suffering from a collapsed lung. From there, we took on cystic fibrosis (CF) head on.  I say we because my family was in, and is still in this battle with me. 

 

Cystic fibrosis is a progressive, genetic disease that causes persistent lung infections and limits the ability to breathe over time.

In people with CF, mutations in the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) gene cause the CFTR protein to become dysfunctional. When the protein is not working correctly, it’s unable to help move chloride -- a component of salt -- to the cell surface. Without the chloride to attract water to the cell surface, the mucus in various organs becomes thick and sticky.

In the lungs, the mucus clogs the airways and traps germs, like bacteria, leading to infections, inflammation, respiratory failure, and other complications. For this reason, minimizing contact with germs is a top concern for people with CF.

Since my first hospital stay in March 2001, I have been hospitalized over 50 times totaling about 90 weeks. 16 of those stays have specifically been for sinus surgeries. Currently, I’m taking over 25 prescriptions to manage everything from anxiety & depression to my CF related diabetes. When I eat, I have to take enzymes to help break down the food since my pancreas doesn’t really work. That’s over 30 enzymes a day!!! I’ll spend an hour and a half each day doing respiratory therapy which includes 3-4 inhaled medications. The 4th is an inhaled antibiotic that I take every other month to help keep down the infection of pseudomonas in my lungs  (Pseudomonas aeruginosa is the key bacterial agent of cystic fibrosis (CF) lung infections, and the most important pathogen in progressive and severe CF lung disease. ... The severity of lung disease in CF patients is considered a major determinant of quality of life and survival time). 

 

My passion is photography and I did attend the Art Academy of Cincinnati for a semester but because of my health I was unable to handle the stress of school.  I am still taking pictures especially of my four dogs, six cats and one guinea pig.  Ask my mom how she feels about that J. I love to read and really enjoy taking a nice long drive.  I played softball from the time I was three until I was sixteen.  I loved playing and I was really good but I had to rest a lot.  As I am getting older, my health is deteriorating and it is more difficult to do the things I used to do. I’m going to keep fighting to the very end.  They say at eighteen I’ve lived about half my life according to statistics. It’s not really something I dwell on.  I get up every day and live life to its fullest.  That’s what we should all do.

 

My family has been raising money and walking in the Great Strides Walk to cure cystic fibrosis since 2001 and have raised over $160,000.  The walk this year is May 18, 2019 at Sawyer Point in Cincinnati.  Registration begins at 9am and the walk starts at 10am. To learn more, register to walk or donate follow this link:    http://fightcf.cff.org/goto/hannahsbananas    or you can talk to my mom, Renee.