#65Roses“I have to be aware of who’s well and who’s not, so… it’s quite busy, now. It takes up a lot of time.”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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The national fundraising day for Cystic Fibrosis Ireland, 65 Roses Day 2018, takes place tomorrow and Ryan Tubridy spoke to 14-year-old Benat Broderick, who has CF, and his mum, Caroline. Benat explained to Ryan why the day is called 65 Roses Day:

“Here in Ireland, children, that’s how they first learn to say cystic fibrosis. So they say sixty-five roses.”

Benat told Ryan a little bit about himself: he’s from Blackrock, he enjoys playing tennis, but his “main thing” is spreading awareness about CF. Ryan asked what effects CF had on Benat:

“They affect your breathing, so like, you have to do a lot of exercise. They affect your pancreas, so when you eat food, you have to take tablets to help digest your food and… it affects a lot of different parts of the body.”

Ryan asked if Benat’s CF prevented him from doing things that his friends could do when he was younger, but Benat told him that he was always able to keep up. So what, Ryan wondered, is a typical day like for Benat Broderick?

“Morning times, usually I have to get up, I have to do nebulizers, that typically takes about an hour. I have to take medication, tablets, about twenty tablets. I have to take more nebulizers, inhalers. I’m also a cystic fibrosis-related diabetic, so I have to take insulin. And if someone’s sick, you know, I have to kind of not go near them, I have to be aware of who’s well and who’s not, so… it’s quite busy, now.”

It certainly is. Although he’s only 14 and he is, as he says himself, “quite busy”, Benat comes across as remarkably well-adjusted and mature and a fine choice to spread awareness of cystic fibrosis.

65 Roses Day is Friday 13 April. You can get full details from cfireland.ie.

And you can hear the full chat with Benat (and his mother Caroline), as well as the rest of The Ryan Tubridy Show here:

 

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