July 06 2010

David Wagner

“Someday CF will no longer stand for cystic fibrosis, it will stand for Cure Found.”

I have a very unique view of cystic fibrosis. I was adopted into a family in which there are seventeen people who have the disease and consider myself blessed to be surrounded by such loving, special people. 

After graduating from Hennepyn Technical College with a degree in nursing, I became a nursing assistant home healthcare provider. I have chosen to specialize in caring for patients who have CF. While this can be risky due to cross-contamination issues, I take every precaution possible to ensure that both myself and my patients are safe. Nursing others with cystic fibrosis is my calling – it enables me to give back to my community and help people who battle the same problems I deal with daily.

Outside of work, I enjoy volunteering as a part of a neighborhood watch program, which allows me to exercise while keeping my community safe. I also help run a 24-hour CF support group hotline where CF patients and their families can call any time for information, support, or just a few friendly words.

While I can no longer play hockey, I still enjoy swimming, bowling, and staying active in as many ways as possible. I know how important it is to stay compliant with my medications and treatments, even when times are difficult. Without compliancy, I would no longer be able to help my community and reach the goals I have set for myself. I plan on staying healthy and remain happy in my life. Having cystic fibrosis does not mean that I cannot live a happy, fulfilling life.

My favorite…
Holiday is Christmas.
Food is alligator.
Pastime is hockey.
Movies are the Harry Potter series.
Music genre is country.
Color is red.
My nickname is the CF Kid.
My friends and family would describe me as helpful.
My role model is Kirby Puckett.
My dream vacation is to go to Disney World.