Cystic Fibrosis Podcast 139: Raising a Family with Cystic Fibrosis

Wise words given to CF mom, Whitney Randles, from her boys’ grandfather: “Special children are only given to special people.”

Pat Randle: “My biggest fear is that I outlive my children – simple as that; that shouldn’t be. And I don’t want that to happen. That’s where it begins and ends with the fear. I don’t want that to happen.”

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In this podcast, CF parents Pat and Whitney Randles, discuss the challenges they have faced while raising two young sons with cystic fibrosis. While most parents face the normal ups and downs of learning to raise kids, the Randles had additional challenges when they were told that they oldest son, Colin (now 11), had CF. When their second son, Sean (now 9), was born with CF – they faced an additional set of trials, balancing schedules and medications, among other things.

The Randles are constantly learning the best way to raise their kids. They depend on one main phrase every day: “Do CF life first, then do your normal life.” By constantly challenging their boys to stay compliant and healthy, they are instilling skills both Colin and Sean will hold onto into the future.

This CF video podcast was made possible through an unrestricted education grant from Genentech to the Boomer Esiason Foundation.