Kate Rootsey

CF patient Kate Rootsey

Have you studied beyond school? If so, how did you balance study, personal and CF responsibilities?

No I haven’t.

Do you work and if so, how many hours per week?

Yes I am currently working 8 hours per week for Cystic Fibrosis Queensland.

When did you tell your employers about your CF?

I have always been upfront with my employers, I wanted them to know that I may need to have time off for hospital and appointments.

How did you and your employee address the need for time off for treatment?

I found it difficult with some employers, because  a lot of us who have CF – we look ok on the outside, they found  it hard to understand how I could be working a 30 hour week and then the next day need to go to hospital for 2-3 weeks.

Have you got any tips for the young CFs looking for a job?

Working is great, it is great to meet other people, to feel apart of the community and to be independent. Look for something that still allows you to look after yourself and have time off if you are sick.

If you've had a transplant - what is one thing you wish you were told before transplant that could help you nowadays?

Nothing- I feel that the team informed me well.

What would the older you like to tell the younger you?

To always listen to your gut instincts.

What are few things you would love to be able to do in the future (i.e. climb Mt. Everest, meet Ellen, learn to juggle)?

Do lots more travel, go in a mini triathlon, work in a zoo.

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