Kirsty’s story

Kirsty’s story

“Yes, you feel sorry for yourself and you think ‘why me?’ …but you realise you are not the only ones going through this and although it may not seem like it at times – you will get through…” Our story… My name is Kirsty and I am 38 years old. I am a single mother of 2 boys, 14 and 10. My eldest son Jacob was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis a few weeks after birth. Along with CF, he also struggles with anxiety and depression. I believe my life has changed greatly since becoming a carer. I had to quit my job after my son was diagnosed so I could become his fulltime carer. Within time my relationship with his father broke down from the daily struggles and stress we always seemed to be facing. Sometimes I definitely feel like I am not the laid-back, carefree, happy person I once was before the diagnosis, but now a person who constantly worries about what the future holds for my son and his health. I always believe I was a strong person before becoming a carer, but without a doubt – the strength you find when you are faced with a diagnosis is amazing. When my son is well and healthy, it gives me no greater joy to know that I am doing a good job of keeping him this way. My greatest challenges are probably that of feeling like I’m doing it all alone. A single mother for 9 years – I don’t get a whole lot of reprieve. I also find hard is that one minute my son’s health...