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Being late-diagnosed at 14 years old with cystic fibrosis (CF) was a life changing moment. It was terrifying for me and every family’s idea of a nightmare. I saw the damage the condition can have on those you love and the physical and mental impact of battling for every breath.
It was very difficult to learn about my CF without searching the ‘scary’ outcomes and the brutal truth about how it physically affects our bodies. It led me to search the web for CF books from the diagnosed point of view, so I could read about the condition in a lighter sense and in a more personal tone. It was when I was searching that I had realised there was a very limited amount of books available specifically for kids with cystic fibrosis.
After my diagnosis, I set myself a challenge to fundraise over £1,000 a year towards different charities by taking on events and in 2015, I began looking after dogs when I was fundraising for my first charity challenge. Dog sitting allowed me to raise money and look after my CF condition at the same time, as a usual workplace had proved challenging to my health in the past. It was when I was sat multiple times with the dogs whilst I was doing nebulisers, antibiotics or lying ill in bed that I realised this could be a story that children can learn from. I wrote ‘The Dog Sitter with Cystic Fibrosis’ based on my own experiences for children to learn about their disease in a more comfortable environment.
After The Dog Sitter with Cystic Fibrosis was published in May 2019, I am proud to have copies in local schools and hospitals for children to learn about the genetic condition. Alongside selling copies around the world, it has been an amazing opportunity to engage with others with Cystic Fibrosis. I want to bring hope to young children with Cystic Fibrosis and encourage any families with CF to get in touch – especially about a copy of the book! I would be very happy to offer signed copies to CF warriors.
Competition! To win a copy of Jago’s book, please read the text above and answer the question: “What year was the Dog Sitter with Cystic Fibrosis published?“
Please send your reply to Jan at firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday 13 July, subject line ‘Dog Sitter’