I went from knowing nothing about cystic fibrosis to having the three most important people in my life diagnosed with the disease. I was shocked to learn that not only did my two children have CF, but also my husband had it.
Having a baby spend a long time in the NICU is difficult. Here are some things I learned about how to deal with it.
It took an agonizing five months to learn whether my second son had cystic fibrosis. After two inconclusive sweat tests, a DNA test finally gave us the answer.
I struggled emotionally after learning that after negative carrier and newborn screens, my son had cystic fibrosis. I’m now advocating for people with rare mutations.
Addressing variability in newborn screening can prevent missed diagnoses and delays in early care intervention.
I had no idea what cystic fibrosis was — or that I had it — until six months of pancreatitis led to a diagnosis.
There are many ways you can support a family with a child or children with cystic fibrosis. Educating yourself about the disease and its treatments and offering to help without being asked are some of the best ways you can show you care.