I posted this on bloggy boyfriend Ronnie's site, and wonder what you all think about CF and raising a teenager. Here is my take on my teen years and CF:
I credit my parents for putting me in charge of my health care routine very early, by age 11 or 12, so that when the really bad adolescent stuff hit in high school, CF was not another power player in our teen issues. I was already doing my meds, calling in my prescriptions, having them delivered, cleaning my nebs, etc. I remember, at the time, that a lot of my friends and friends' parents thought it was crazy how much responsibility my parents gave me, but i know now that it was a great decision because it kept the CF responsibilities separate from the teen angst and car-key arguments, for example :0) My parents never used my health as a qualifier for other decisions (i.e. "you can't go out, I heard you coughing," and they never used my life as a comment on my health ("you must be sick because you stayed out late.") - these issues were separate in my house, and I think that was a good way to go.