Cystic Fibrosis Podcast 72: Parents “Letting Go” as Their Child Becomes Independent with CF

Donna Dorsett, Mom with beautiful daughter with CF shares her feelings on “letting go” as her daughter becomes more independent attending college away from home. As a parent you never let go… you let go physically but not emotionally.
– Donna has 4 children (one with CF), divorced and living in New Jersey.
– “Our family is very close and we do a lot together – family is extremely important” states Donna.
– Kristyn, her daughter, was diagnosed at 18 months and is now attending the University of Scranton.
– When dealing with the ups and downs of cystic fibrosis Donna gets her strength from family.
– “I never limit my daughter due to CF or treat my daughter as being sick” states Donna, “Kristyn is not sick… she gets sick…”
– “My daughter has dreams and goals and therefore I need to let go so she can pursue them…”
– Donna’s advice, “Look beyond the disease… look at your son or daughter… CF cannot be #1 and allow them to live the life that you worked so hard at giving them”

This “LIVING. BREATHING. SUCCEEDING.” Podcast/Vodcast series is the 8th in a series of 12 made possible through and unrestricted educational grant from Genentech to The Boomer Esiason Foundation.