Because my daughter's bowel perforated when she was a newborn, she needed to have surgery to temporarily reroute her stool so that it was collected through her abdomen into an ostomy bag. Those grueling days of ostomy care -- sometimes as often as every hour day and night -- were some of the darkest days of our cystic fibrosis journey.
My son has had a problem with eating ever since he was born prematurely and diagnosed with cystic fibrosis. After a lot of stress and anxiety about reaching his weight goals, we finally enlisted an occupational therapist, who helped him learn to love eating.
The road to rebuilding shattered dreams is not a straight one.
As a parent of two kids, I find myself wondering if Anna's CF is changing Jack. Would he feel the same responsibility for her if she didn't have CF?
When our son was diagnosed with CF, the clinic director sat with me for hours answering my questions. Since that day, I have wanted to bottle up his advice and become a voice of encouragement for new CF parents.