August 23 2013

Jim Dresch

I have always been an extremely positive person. Whether I am feeling poorly or feeling really healthy, I try my best to keep a hopeful, can-do attitude. My story is similar to a number of CFers, as I was diagnosed with the disease later in life. I struggled with health issues through my childhood and a majority of my adult years. Misdiagnosis after misdiagnosis eventually led to the doctors telling me that I had cystic fibrosis when I was 51 years old. I am now in my 70s and managing my disease the only way I know how – with a positive outlook on my life.

While many other people my age are retired, I find that working in my barbershop several days a week helps me keep a schedule, not only in my professional life, but in my personal life as well. With determination and dedication, I stay compliant with all of my medical treatments – something that I encourage everyone with CF to do. Compliancy truly does make a difference.

I am extremely blessed in my personal life – I have a wonderful wife of 44 years, and have two children and four grandchildren. We love spending time together; something that only encourages my positive attitude further. I consider myself lucky every single day that I have such a loving family and such a wonderful life, and I plan to continue to live with hope.

If I could give anyone out there with cystic fibrosis advice, it would be to stay very positive and remain compliant with all of the treatments that you discuss and agree upon with your CF Clinic.

I love to… golf and go dancing with my wife.

My favorite…
Colors are red and black. Food is roast beef with mashed potatoes and gravy.
Music is rock-n-roll from the 50s and 60s.
Football team is the Vikings.

If I could visit anywhere in the world, I would go to New York City.