Episode #0104 Megan Mollahan – Being a CF Parent & Caregiver
Megan Mollahan is a parent and caregiver to her 2 children with cystic fibrosis. Her daughter Maureen is currently 20 years old (diagnosed at age 8) and her son Jack currently 10 years old (diagnosed at 2 months of age) are currently living in New York.
Megan will discuss what it’s like to wear “many different hats” as parent, caregiver, friend, advocate, and on and on…
• When her daughter was initially diagnosed Megan leaned on her faith, family, friends, and doctors for support.
• Megan’s initial focus for her children with CF was “being diligent to treatments to keep them healthy and keeping a positive attitude”.
• “I try to stay pro-active in the CF community with CF Walks, school projects (working on SKYPE for her son to do with teachers when he is sick at home), and fundraising support from local businesses”, states Megan.
• “Everything I do for my children with CF is times two… so I try and simplify and make them independent with all treatments and medications. This becomes a juggling act at times but well worth the effort”, states Megan.
• Megan’s advice to other parents/caregivers: “be patient, open a dialog and communicate, have a support team, and it’s ok to take a day off…”
This “LIVING. BREATHING. SUCCEEDING.” Podcast/Vodcast is made possible through an unrestricted educational grant from Genentech to the Boomer Esiason Foundation.