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FitForCF
01-09-2011, 10:24 AM
I'm originally from Boston Mass. I went to see one of the best doctors there is for CF. However, at age 21 I moved to Maryland after being married.
I lived in Md for almost 15 years and went to Johns Hopkins Adult CF clinic. Which was again, some of the best treatments, research and doctors. However, the last few years living there I started asking if this is the best place for me and my health.
I was coming to a point in my life for a change of job and so a living place as well. When I sat down to start the research, I looked at several different subjects:
Adult CF Clinics
Air Quality
Year round temperature

I was offered a job in Centreal Florida, but when I looked at the top 3 subjects, it only had 2 of the 3 qualities.

Long story short; I settled for moving to western South Carolina, near the mountains, because it scored high on all 3 of my subjects.

I still believe there is a better place to live (in USA) for someone with CF. Does anyone have any input?

FitForCF
01-09-2011, 10:24 AM
I'm originally from Boston Mass. I went to see one of the best doctors there is for CF. However, at age 21 I moved to Maryland after being married.
I lived in Md for almost 15 years and went to Johns Hopkins Adult CF clinic. Which was again, some of the best treatments, research and doctors. However, the last few years living there I started asking if this is the best place for me and my health.
I was coming to a point in my life for a change of job and so a living place as well. When I sat down to start the research, I looked at several different subjects:
Adult CF Clinics
Air Quality
Year round temperature

I was offered a job in Centreal Florida, but when I looked at the top 3 subjects, it only had 2 of the 3 qualities.

Long story short; I settled for moving to western South Carolina, near the mountains, because it scored high on all 3 of my subjects.

I still believe there is a better place to live (in USA) for someone with CF. Does anyone have any input?

FitForCF
01-09-2011, 10:24 AM
I'm originally from Boston Mass. I went to see one of the best doctors there is for CF. However, at age 21 I moved to Maryland after being married.
<br />I lived in Md for almost 15 years and went to Johns Hopkins Adult CF clinic. Which was again, some of the best treatments, research and doctors. However, the last few years living there I started asking if this is the best place for me and my health.
<br />I was coming to a point in my life for a change of job and so a living place as well. When I sat down to start the research, I looked at several different subjects:
<br />Adult CF Clinics
<br />Air Quality
<br />Year round temperature
<br />
<br />I was offered a job in Centreal Florida, but when I looked at the top 3 subjects, it only had 2 of the 3 qualities.
<br />
<br />Long story short; I settled for moving to western South Carolina, near the mountains, because it scored high on all 3 of my subjects.
<br />
<br />I still believe there is a better place to live (in USA) for someone with CF. Does anyone have any input?

alugo147
01-09-2011, 11:38 AM
Hi, I live in South FL Broward County. My duaghter is 3 yrs old with CF, she had double Delta F508. We were from NJ orginally, moved south due to a job relocation and the beach, I've been told that the salt water and ocean air is very good.

I have also often wondered what is the best place to live for CF, if anyone has done any research on this it would be great to know.

alugo147
01-09-2011, 11:38 AM
Hi, I live in South FL Broward County. My duaghter is 3 yrs old with CF, she had double Delta F508. We were from NJ orginally, moved south due to a job relocation and the beach, I've been told that the salt water and ocean air is very good.

I have also often wondered what is the best place to live for CF, if anyone has done any research on this it would be great to know.

alugo147
01-09-2011, 11:38 AM
Hi, I live in South FL Broward County. My duaghter is 3 yrs old with CF, she had double Delta F508. We were from NJ orginally, moved south due to a job relocation and the beach, I've been told that the salt water and ocean air is very good.
<br />
<br />I have also often wondered what is the best place to live for CF, if anyone has done any research on this it would be great to know.

LisaGreene
01-09-2011, 01:17 PM
I heard from someone that there was a presentation done at the national CF conference this year that people with CF do better in colder climates. I did a google and can't find it but I'll try to track it down.

LisaGreene
01-09-2011, 01:17 PM
I heard from someone that there was a presentation done at the national CF conference this year that people with CF do better in colder climates. I did a google and can't find it but I'll try to track it down.

LisaGreene
01-09-2011, 01:17 PM
I heard from someone that there was a presentation done at the national CF conference this year that people with CF do better in colder climates. I did a google and can't find it but I'll try to track it down.

martysmom
01-09-2011, 01:59 PM
Colder climates really??? Maybe it is just all the germs that are indoors right now in the winter that are making my kid's lung function so horrible! I personally feel that living by the ocean is best. We are hoping to move soon <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif" border="0">

martysmom
01-09-2011, 01:59 PM
Colder climates really??? Maybe it is just all the germs that are indoors right now in the winter that are making my kid's lung function so horrible! I personally feel that living by the ocean is best. We are hoping to move soon <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif" border="0">

martysmom
01-09-2011, 01:59 PM
Colder climates really??? Maybe it is just all the germs that are indoors right now in the winter that are making my kid's lung function so horrible! I personally feel that living by the ocean is best. We are hoping to move soon <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif" border="0">

ymikhale
01-10-2011, 07:10 AM
There was a thread about this some time ago. It seems like it varies by person. some people thrive in FL, while others do better in dry climates. My dd does well near the ocean but as long it as it is dry.

ymikhale
01-10-2011, 07:10 AM
There was a thread about this some time ago. It seems like it varies by person. some people thrive in FL, while others do better in dry climates. My dd does well near the ocean but as long it as it is dry.

ymikhale
01-10-2011, 07:10 AM
There was a thread about this some time ago. It seems like it varies by person. some people thrive in FL, while others do better in dry climates. My dd does well near the ocean but as long it as it is dry.

KingJames
01-29-2011, 01:48 AM
I can tell you right off the bat that anywhere near D.C. or Baltimore is far from ideal for a CF patient IMO. The air here is really smoggy during the warmer months, and just going to UpState NY, and/or New England (ie, Vermont, New Hampshire, etc.), I've noticed such clearer air up there. Again, though, it's all a matter of trade-offs with regards to air-quality vs. facility options.

As for the best location? By far it's the ocean. The high salt content in the air and water, combined with the fresh breeze and subsequent clear air, it does a body good. Just be careful about spending too much time in the sun if you're in the lower latitudes. I will admit that in the summertime in SoFl the heat batters me down, but spending anywhere from 2-9 hours in the ocean a day, for weeks on end, really peps me up.

Also, regarding the colder climates, I thrive in the wintertime. It's one of the reasons why I'm looking forward to Alaska, not to mention their extremely clean air. Ideally, I'm going to get one house up north, and one down south in the tropical waters ;-)

KingJames
01-29-2011, 01:48 AM
I can tell you right off the bat that anywhere near D.C. or Baltimore is far from ideal for a CF patient IMO. The air here is really smoggy during the warmer months, and just going to UpState NY, and/or New England (ie, Vermont, New Hampshire, etc.), I've noticed such clearer air up there. Again, though, it's all a matter of trade-offs with regards to air-quality vs. facility options.

As for the best location? By far it's the ocean. The high salt content in the air and water, combined with the fresh breeze and subsequent clear air, it does a body good. Just be careful about spending too much time in the sun if you're in the lower latitudes. I will admit that in the summertime in SoFl the heat batters me down, but spending anywhere from 2-9 hours in the ocean a day, for weeks on end, really peps me up.

Also, regarding the colder climates, I thrive in the wintertime. It's one of the reasons why I'm looking forward to Alaska, not to mention their extremely clean air. Ideally, I'm going to get one house up north, and one down south in the tropical waters ;-)

KingJames
01-29-2011, 01:48 AM
I can tell you right off the bat that anywhere near D.C. or Baltimore is far from ideal for a CF patient IMO. The air here is really smoggy during the warmer months, and just going to UpState NY, and/or New England (ie, Vermont, New Hampshire, etc.), I've noticed such clearer air up there. Again, though, it's all a matter of trade-offs with regards to air-quality vs. facility options.
<br />
<br />As for the best location? By far it's the ocean. The high salt content in the air and water, combined with the fresh breeze and subsequent clear air, it does a body good. Just be careful about spending too much time in the sun if you're in the lower latitudes. I will admit that in the summertime in SoFl the heat batters me down, but spending anywhere from 2-9 hours in the ocean a day, for weeks on end, really peps me up.
<br />
<br />Also, regarding the colder climates, I thrive in the wintertime. It's one of the reasons why I'm looking forward to Alaska, not to mention their extremely clean air. Ideally, I'm going to get one house up north, and one down south in the tropical waters ;-)

kjorgen1
10-13-2011, 12:34 PM
Hello,<br><br>After living in Colorado and Wyoming and moving to&nbsp; Pensacola, Florida. I have to say the cold air and dry climate felt better to me. With the humidity and ocean, I felt really congested all the time and the chance for mold growing around you is very good. <br>

kjorgen1
10-13-2011, 12:34 PM
Hello,<br><br>After living in Colorado and Wyoming and moving to Pensacola, Florida. I have to say the cold air and dry climate felt better to me. With the humidity and ocean, I felt really congested all the time and the chance for mold growing around you is very good. <br>

kjorgen1
10-13-2011, 12:34 PM
Hello,<br><br>After living in Colorado and Wyoming and moving to Pensacola, Florida. I have to say the cold air and dry climate felt better to me. With the humidity and ocean, I felt really congested all the time and the chance for mold growing around you is very good. <br>

CF45sucks
04-24-2012, 09:47 PM
I have done extensive research on this topic and I can tell you the higher altitude that you live in the better, this is not only true for CF patients but the general population. If you do research you will see that people just live longer lives the higher up you go. The airborne bacteria has a harder time growing the further up you go and the air is cleaner as a whole. Also, the dry arid regions in the southwest part of the United States have proven to be good environments for anyone with pulmonary issues including CF. Several older folks who are battling different pulmonary issues go west during times when the air is not kind to them in their area.

I live in West Texas and battle bad infections during the spring, summer, and fall when the humidity is high and the temperatures don't allow for any of the bacteria to die. I have been considering a move to a higher altitude in New Mexico for a long time but currently can't due to finances. My ultimate goal is to live as high up as possible in either New Mexico or Colorado.

Hope this helps

CF45sucks
04-24-2012, 09:47 PM
I have done extensive research on this topic and I can tell you the higher altitude that you live in the better, this is not only true for CF patients but the general population. If you do research you will see that people just live longer lives the higher up you go. The airborne bacteria has a harder time growing the further up you go and the air is cleaner as a whole. Also, the dry arid regions in the southwest part of the United States have proven to be good environments for anyone with pulmonary issues including CF. Several older folks who are battling different pulmonary issues go west during times when the air is not kind to them in their area.

I live in West Texas and battle bad infections during the spring, summer, and fall when the humidity is high and the temperatures don't allow for any of the bacteria to die. I have been considering a move to a higher altitude in New Mexico for a long time but currently can't due to finances. My ultimate goal is to live as high up as possible in either New Mexico or Colorado.

Hope this helps

CyrilCrodius
05-28-2012, 08:36 AM
I don't have a hard time to believe that we do better in cold climates... I know that I have a harder time breathing when it's hot outside... also, heat really increases the chances of hemoptysis, I guess because of vasodilation? Maybe...
I live in the great white north and the cold has never been a problem to me.

cppoignand
10-21-2012, 09:57 PM
My 13 yo daughter has commented that the air in Nova Scotia, Canada is the best for her. We have travelled extensively - she has also liked the salt air in Costa Rica and the dry air in Arizona. Above all, she likes Nova Scotia, which I believe is due to low air pollution, ocean air, and cooler, less humid days.