Cystic Fibrosis: Helping Teens Transform

Be positive, but realistic

Be positive, yet at the same time realistic, with your teen. As your child transitions to adolescence, he or she starts to understand things much more clearly, including their diagnosis. Consider having honest discussions with them about their thoughts, feelings, and concerns around CF. “Start by acknowledging the feelings and asking exploratory questions rather than offering clichés and false assurances,” wrote Greene. When dealing with CF and talking about it, it can help you and your teen to cope with it.