Ella Balasa is a person with cystic fibrosis, a writer, an advocate, and a scientist. She was diagnosed with CF at one year old and currently lives with 22% lung function. She graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University and works as a microbiology lab manager at the university. She is involved in the CF community through being a director of the US Adult CF Association, serving on various research committees, and through her passion for writing her column on CF News Today as well as contributing to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation blog. When she is not working, writing, or taking care of her health, she enjoys cooking, drawing, spending time with friends, and traveling as much as she can.