Step by Step

Cystic Fibrosis Step-by-Step: What is Cystic Fibrosis?

The Cystic Fibrosis Step-by-Step video podcast series was created by the Boomer Esiason Foundation to help CF patients and families develop routines and guidelines to help them succeed and to answer basic questions that arise regularly.


Cystic Fibrosis Step-by-Step: Building a Treatment Routine

In this video, Gunnar stresses the importance of building a routine in order to stay compliant with his treatments and remain healthy. He also reminds listeners to keep an open dialogue with their doctors and support teams at CF Clinics.


Cystic Fibrosis Step-by-Step: Organizational Needs

Because CF has so many moving parts, it is important to keep all medications and treatments organized.


Cystic Fibrosis Step-by-Step: Nutrition’s Role in CF Care

Most people with CF do not absorb nutrients the same way other people do. Gunnar gives his nutrition tips for people who, like him, have a feeding tube. If you do not have a feeding tube, please discuss a nutrition plan with you CF team.


Cystic Fibrosis Step-by-Step: Cleanliness and Sterilization

What’s the difference between clean and sterile? What are the methods for making sure your living space and treatment tools are safe? Gunnar reviews that and more in this episode of Cystic Fibrosis Step by Step.


Cystic Fibrosis Step-by-Step: Using Home I.V.’s

Gunnar Esiason discusses the common process of going on I.V. antibiotics and transitioning to working with the I.V. in his own home.


Cystic Fibrosis Step-by-Step: Balancing Work, Exercise, and Rest

Gunnar reminds everyone that exercise does not always mean training for a race or accomplishing a major athletic feat. For people with CF, the most important thing is to find an active hobby they love and stick to it. Always remember to balance work, exercise, care, and rest.


Cystic Fibrosis Step-by-Step: Talking with Your Doctor

The internet is NOT a doctor! As a CF patient, it is imperative that you stay in contact with your doctor and your CF care team. They are there to keep you healthy, active, and living a normal life.


Cystic Fibrosis Step-by-Step: Adjusting Your Routine Through Life

As a CF patient grows up, his or her routines will begin to change. The important thing to remember is to make a promise to yourself to remember to do treatments and find a routine that works in order to remain healthy.


Cystic Fibrosis Step-by-Step: Telling Someone New about Your Cystic Fibrosis

Sharing your cystic fibrosis diagnosis can be a daunting task. As someone who has always been open about his disease, Gunnar Esiason shares his reasoning behind his openness and honesty – and how you can do the same.


Cystic Fibrosis Step by Step: Emotional Health

In this episode of Step by Step, Gunnar Esiason discusses emotional health and CF. Tune in for tips on dealing with depression, anxiety, and stress.


Cystic Fibrosis Step by Step: Couch to 5K Training

In this episode of Step by Step, Gunnar Esiason talks about his newfound love for running. Although he never considered himself a runner, training with the Couch to 5K app has helped him add running into his exercise routine and connect with others along the way.


Cystic Fibrosis Step by Step: What to do after the initial CF diagnosis?

When dealing with an initial CF diagnosis, Gunnar Esiason emphasizes the importance of staying OFF of the internet in this week’s Step by Step. He says, “CF on the internet is very different from CF in real life!”


Cystic Fibrosis Step by Step: How to discuss the seriousness of CF with your kids

In the latest Step by Step, Gunnar Esiason stresses the importance of teaching your child to stay consistent with his or her treatments from a young age. YOU can help your CFer form healthy habits for years to come!


Cystic Fibrosis Step by Step: Dealing with disability

If you have cystic fibrosis, you are entitled to certain protections as a person with a disability. In the latest Step by Step, Gunnar Esiason shares how he has made use of those protections – from getting a closer parking spot to something as simple as bringing water and a snack into a standardized test. Talk to your social worker to learn more!


Cystic Fibrosis Step by Step: Microwave sterilization

On this week’s Step by Step, Gunnar Esiason walks us through sterilizing neb cups in the microwave. Tune in for some tips and tricks on how to stay healthy and properly clean your equipment.


Cystic Fibrosis Step by Step: CF Related Conditions Defined

On this #CysticFibrosis Step by Step, Gunnar Esiason defines a few #CF related conditions including CFRD, various bone diseases, and more.


Cystic Fibrosis Step by Step: CF Related Procedures Explained

Gunnar Esiason discusses #CF Related Procedures in this week’s, Step by Step. From PICC lines and bronchoscopies to G-Tube procedures and transplants, most CFers will experience one or more of these. Remember not to be overwhelmed! Questions? Talk to your doctor to learn more.


Cystic Fibrosis Step by Step: CF Related Vocabulary Explained

On this week’s Step by Step with @GunnarEsiason, he defines some #CF vocab. From CFTR mutation, frequencers, and homecare – join us for a mini biology lesson!


Cystic Fibrosis Step by Step: CF Related Vocabulary Explained Part 2

On this week’s Step by Step, Gunnar Esiason talks airway clearance methods and medications. From neb-cups and bronchodilator to antibiotics – familiarize yourself with these terms and learn more by watching now.