It’s been a while since I’ve blogged a session – but I’m just going to jump back into it and share this very special fresh 48 session with you guys.
My cousin Jeff, his wife, Gina, and big brother, Cameron, welcomed Caden into their family back in December and he has been a little fighter ever since.
Because you see, at the young age of 2 weeks old, Caden was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis.
Cystic Fibrosis is a progressive, genetic disease that causes persistent lung infections and limits the ability to breathe over time. In people with CF, a defective gene causes a thick, sticky buildup of mucus in the lungs, pancreas, and other organs. Click here to find out more about CF.
Caden’s current treatment plan involves meeting with his medical team down at the Cleveland Clinic for weight checks about once/week (babies with CF are slower to gain weight than normal babies, so they have to keep a close eye on his growth). He also takes an enzyme called Creon before every feeding. This medicine helps Cade’s body absorb more nutrition since his pancreas is lacking the normal pancreatic digestive enzymes the rest of us have. And since the enzymes are sprinkled on applesauce before he takes them, Caden is quite the champ at spoon feeding already, even from the young age of 2 weeks old 🙂 . Along with the Creon, he takes vitamins, acid reflux medicine, and does Albuterol breathing treatments as needed. His parents also have to perform “clapping” on his lungs at least twice a day. This is done by using a small rubber tool to pat his back, which helps to push the air into his lungs and the mucus out.
Gina says that despite his diagnosis, Caden is a super laid back baby – which she’s incredibly thankful for, because she’s sure he’s going to be the one calming her fears as he gets older 🙂 . And in my opinion, he’s a pretty lucky kid with amazing parents who take great care of him, a big brother who wants to hug him every second of the day, and a loving and supportive extended family that will be there for him every step of his journey.
To help Caden and all the others who live their life with Cystic Fibrosis, I will be walking with the Caden’s Crew team at the Great Strides event at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo on May 19th, 2018. If you would also like to help, you can sign up to join the Great Strides Caden’s Crew team HERE. If you’re not able to make the event, please consider making a donation to the fundraiser HERE. Even the smallest of donations I know will be appreciated!
To follow Caden and his journey (and see lots of cute pics!), you can like his Caden’s Crew page on Facebook.
Thank you, Jeff and Gina for being amazing parents and for allowing me to photograph the welcoming of sweet Cade! I am so glad we captured these memories for you!
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