Grover siblings have lived 15 years with cystic fibrosis

REGINA LEADER-POST |  Ashley Martin
(From left) Siblings Jelena Grover, 15, and Jadyn Grover, 18, with their mother Tammy Grover celebrate Jadyn's high school graduation on June 1, 2017. FAMILY PHOTO
Jelena Grover feels every day like she’s drowning.

“That’s how it is for someone with CF (cystic fibrosis),” said her mother Tammy Grover. “It’s hard seeing your children dealing with this every day.”

In Edmonton for the past two weeks, 15-year-old Jelena has been kept busy with the constant coming and going of nurses, doctors, respirologists, physiotherapists and social workers at the Stollery Children’s Hospital.

They kept an eye on her earlier this year, too, during a 30-day hospital stay. The family lives in Regina.

Sooner than later, Jelena will need a double-lung transplant. Her lung capacity is 30 per cent, down from 60 per cent in the fall. She is immune to the antibiotics that are meant to break down bacteria in her lungs.

Tammy is sharing their story because, she said, “I want people to know really what CF does to a person.

“You don’t get a day off from CF, there’s no remission. … There’s no cure, and there’s people who can die waiting for lungs. That’s why organ donation is so important.” Continue reading
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