This post was sponsored by Walgreens Cystic Fibrosis Services as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received compensation as a thank you for my post.
Another school year is in the books! And while I am excited about the summer fun ahead, I can’t help but use this milestone to reflect on the past.
For those of you who are not familiar with B’s story, you can read the full version here. The short version is that he was very wanted and very loved long before he was ever conceived. His Dad and I had a difficult journey into parenthood. One that would span two years from the time we started trying to have a family until the time I finally got pregnant. It was through many tests that we finally discovered that the reason for our difficulty in getting pregnant was becuase his Dad had Cystic Fibrosis.
Cystic Fibrosis is a genetic diseases that causes a thick buld up of mucus in the lungs, pancreas and other organs. Symptoms include breathing difficulties, very satly skin, persistent coughing and many other symptoms.
It is important to keep in mind that symptoms of Cystic Fibrosis can vary greatly from person to person and that symptoms primarily affect the respiratory and digestive systems. In the case of B’s Dad, he didn’t really have any symptoms and didn’t know he had Cystic Fibrosis until we started undergoing testing due to our inability to get pregnant. In his case the Cystic Fibrosis was only affecting his ability to have children naturally.
I say only now as if it isn’t a big deal. Back when we were trying to have B it definitely was a big deal but in the grand scheme of things, it could have been much worse.
About 30,000 people (adults and children) in the United States have Cystic Fibrosis. It is something that they have to live with every day and it affects all aspects of their lives. People with Cystic Fibrosis have an increased risk of infection and cross contamination and because of which, they may isolate themselves from others which puts them at an increased risk of depression and anxiety. The depression and anxiety in turn can greatly impact the disease.
Fortunately there is a lot that can be done for people with Cystic Fibrosis (medication and the correct treatment regimine can work wonders) and I have teamed up with Walgreens and their CF Champions: Navigating the Journey Together Program to share some of the positive momentum that is changing how people with Cystic Fibrosis live. To read more about the Walgreen CF Champions: Navigating the Journey Together program, please click here to visit their website. There are some great stories of people living very full lives on the site that I think you will find inspiring.
So how did B come into our lives? After I underwent genetic testing (it was determined that I was not a carrier of Cystic Fibrosis) we pursued in vitro fertilization and I got pregnant with B. After B was born however, his newborn screens came back positive for Cystic Fibrosis. That was super scary and he had to undergo several sweat tests which eventually led the doctors to believe that B was a carrier of Cystic Fibrosis. If he decides to have children when he grows up, that will be a conversation that he may need to have with his partner.
We are very fortunate that Cystic Fibrosis has only impacted our lives in a very minimal way. For others, the impact is far greater. We will however always feel a strong tie to Cystic Fibrosis becuase of our journey and we will continue to be an ally for the Cystic Fibrosis community. A big thanks to Walgreens for being an ally as well!