16 Famous People With Cystic Fibrosis

Cystic fibrosis is an autosomal recessive genetic disorder that affects the lungs, pancreas, liver, and intestines. There's no cure for the disorder, which is caused by a gene mutation. Gene therapy and transplantation can help treat some of the effects of cystic fibrosis. Most people who have cystic fibrosis die by their late 30s.

Composer and piano virtuoso Frederic Chopin, for example, died in his 30s, and historians believe his symptoms resemble those associated with cystic fibrosis. Fellow musicians Alice Martineau, Gregory Lemarchal, and Alex Stobbs all suffer from cystic fibrosis as well.

Triathlete Lisa Bentley was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis in 1988. She hasn't let that stop her from winning 11 Ironman competitions. Wrestler Andrew Simmons and NCAA basketball player Nolan Gottlieb also suffer from cystic fibrosis while pursuing competitive athletics. Frankie Abernathy brought cystic fibrosis into the homes of millions of people when she appeared on MTV's reality show The Real World.