Full episode
345: Ties That Bind
Act Three

Lucy And The Bike Girl

Lucy, a 28-year-old girl with cystic fibrosis, meets the "Bike Girl," who has the same disease, in an Internet chatroom. They are both, against the advice of friends and doctors, trying to get pregnant, and they find that they have a lot in common. They quickly become friends, but can never meet in person, because the Bike Girl carries a bacteria in her lungs that is toxic to anyone with cystic fibrosis. (9 minutes)

Hillary Frank wrote this story, which is a mixture of reported facts and fiction. It was inspired by the Third Coast International Audio Festival's 2007 public audio project, "Dollar Storeys," for which Hillary produced a three-minute version.

Song:

“Me and My Friend” by Julie Doiron