James has Cystic Fibrosis. Cystic Fibrosis is the most common autosomal recessive disease in Canada. Cystic Fibrosis affects several different systems in the body. The disease causes the build-up of thick mucus in the pulmonary system, resulting in chronic lung infections and inflammation, severe respiratory distress, and destruction of lung tissue.
The digestive system is also severely impacted by the build up of mucus in the digestive system. James requires large quantities of pancreatic digestive enzymes for digestion and the absorption of nutrients. He struggles to maintain a healthy weight. Cystic Fibrosis has also led to osteoporosis and loss of bone density. James is at high risk for developing Cystic Fibrosis Related Diabetes.