Macauley is an energetic and cheeky 19-year-old from Northampton. He's chatty, funny and exudes energy. He's currently working full time and is part of the Royal Air Force Cadets. As if that's not enough to keep him busy, he also has a life-shortening genetic condition - cystic fibrosis - which requires punishing and relentless daily management, including 40 tablets as well as hours of physiotherapy just to stay well. The build-up of mucus in his lungs is like he's drowning from the inside.
Macauley's health fluctuates up and down quite unpredictably. "I currently have a superbug known as nontuberculous mycobacteria. Now, it's got to be so bad they had to call it 'super'! As soon as one bug leaves, I not-so-politely welcome the next. I'd love to say I'm healthy all the time, but I'm not. My health fluctuates so much it's like a medical mood-swing; inconsistency is an understatement."
"I've always managed to do anything and everything, treatment has never stood in the way. I'd never consider myself ill, as I'll always make sure I do my best to keep myself as fit as I possibly can."