Hello, I am a mother of 2 wonderful children. Our daughter now now 7 and son 5. When Cayden was born in 2003 we found about
he was diagnosised through his newborn screening and we recieved the call. They started to ask questions about
our daughter who was then 21 months, she had no signs or concern that we had concern about
, she did have loose smelly stools, and often a running nose, but those seeming more common and not concerning. They explained to kiss her and lick our lips, if she tasted salty that was a sure sign and yes she did, so she was sweat tested and also positive. They both carry the double Delta 508 mutation. I will tell you we were terrified of what CF meant never heard about
it before, and read some horrible scary stuff which they say dont read old books, or get online, which everyone does as a reaction. But I will say it is true! Anyhow, our children have been doing extremely well to some things I understand can happen. They say they are on the mild side for CF. They are both pretty equally affected at this age, Cayden has been hospitalized once for bowel blockage issues, and was recent the topic of a possible feeding tube, however we have been feeding him a lot of fatty stuff, which he does at times not tolerate the extra fat as planned, and gets belly aches. They both take enczymes prior to all food etc, and do there vest. They were 2 times a day, however now 3/4 times a week, and monitor for increase if needed due to cold etc. We mostly experience gassy kids, sometimes belly aches, and provide them quality care each day for what the circumstances bring. We have always stayed very positive and teach and educate them on what CF means for them, teaching them everyone has something that affects them that makes them special. They are very involved with CF I chair a Great Strides walk this year going to be our 6th annual, and the are holding their 3 rd annual mini march at the school. My advice would be to focus on the now, what is needed care wise each day, and you/they will adjust to knowing this is just what life handed them, and everything happens for a reason. We look at it as not something that is going to bring us down, but miracles in our life, that will teach of strength, joy, and make us fight for this cure! Support for them is very important and not a oh gosh I feel so bad support but a this doesnt change who they are and CF will not overcome them-we can do this together attitude. I say the more you can teach children to understand CF and how it affects their lifes-hopefully this will empower them through the teen adult years to follow the regime they will require to stay health.
Our children just had their annual a few months ago, and their lungs were better than ever. Listen to the doctors, get involved with fundraising events or meet people that can relate with you-just dont let others get you down, trust your instinct, remember it is ok to cry, and it will get easier or maybe its just routine. But love them unconditionally as my husband says you never know what could happen to anyone today or tomorrow-live every day to the fullest. God bless, I hope this helped, good luck and if you need keep in touch.