Also this week, Papa Bear and I attended our first meet-up with other CF families in the Madison area. It was hosted at a restaurant in downtown Madison, and about a dozen or so people braved the not exactly ideal weather to attend. It was wonderful and terrifying to meet these other families. Wonderful to meet another family with a CF infant, who are going through the same struggles that we are. Wonderful to meet a woman who has a 20-year-old son with CF who has never been hospitalized (an outcome we hardly dare to hope for). Terrifying to meet a woman who lost her son to CF, and a woman who lost her sister (outcomes we barely allow ourselves to think about). Overall, though, it was so encouraging to meet this group of people who are as dedicated as we are to finding a cure, and to know that we will be part of this little Madison community for many years to come.
Finally, this weekend we had a nice visit from Opa and Uncle Jared. Unfortunately we don't have any pictures of Opa, since he was behind the camera for most of the time, but he captured many of the nice moments that we shared while they were here. It was too bad that Lemon was still a bit out of sorts from his shots, but he still was able to pull himself together enough to smile for the camera every now and again. Sadly it will be a few months before we see these guys again (although don't feel too badly for Opa since he is heading of on an adventure in Patagonia in a few days!). Being so far from our families (and friends) is one of the hardest things about being in Wisconsin, and something we struggle with every day. Technology does help to make the world smaller, but not small enough, I think.