Isn't it interesting to look back over our lives and see where the twists and turns of the unexpected change the course of it? Life just doesn't always work out as planned. Yet, I would have never discovered my purpose if it weren't for my two children being born with cystic fibrosis. It's amazing what adversity can bring when you give life a chance.
It all started thirteen years ago when the words: "I am sorry but your son has cystic fibrosis" became etched in my heart. At the time, in the depth of my shock, fear and grief, I had no idea that this experience would propel me to become an author, public speaker and advocate for children living with chronic illness.
I have never been one to seek publicity or a spotlight. In fact, public speaking, like most people, was one of my very least favorite things to do. But, through the course of having two kids with CF and needing to learn how to parent them effectively (their very lives depend on it), I am now a public speaker and writer who shares what I've learned through years of study, research, and personal experience.
I love what I do. Not because of the spotlight, which I am still somewhat uncomfortable being in at times, but because of the help and hope that I am able to offer others as they travel down their own path of raising a child with medical issues.
Even though the road is hard at times, we can all take comfort in the fact that unexpected challenges in life can bring us unexpected blessings if we are willing partners in this journey called "Life".
*************Lisa C. Greene is the mother of two children with cystic fibrosis, a certified parent coach, parenting educator, and public speaker. She is also the co-author with Foster Cline, MD of the award-winning Love and Logic® book “Parenting Children with Health Issues.” For free audio, articles and other resources, visit www.ParentingChildrenWithHealthIssues.com.
CF PARENTS: Register for Lisa's upcoming teleclass called "Winning with CF" starting on February 1, 2012. For information and registration, visit www.WinningWithCF.com.