03: Raising a Child with Cystic Fibrosis: Jenny Stemmerman Part 2

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This is Part 2 of Jenny Stemmerman's interview. If you haven't listened to Part 1, you can listen to that here.

We know motherhood is a messy road with unexpected twists and turns, but what happens when the unexpected turns your life upside down? It’s hard enough to be a bother when your child is healthy, but what about when they are very small and sick? Today, I am excited to have Jenny Stemmerman of the “Your Life Rocks” Podcast here to share her difficult journey with her second pregnancy. In it, she will share with true vulnerability and passion how she learned to advocate for her son with a disability and maintain a balance in her life as a working mama. 

        Jenny is the mother of two boys who not only runs her podcast but also a family business out in Oregon. Beginning as early as her first pregnancy, her life has looked pretty far from “traditional.” She chose to go back to work after the birth of her first son, and her husband stayed home. Since her first son was born without any complications, she planned to expect much the same with her second. However, when Jenny found out she was a carrier for Cystic Fibrosis, she had a feeling that everything was going to change. Through a long journey with plenty of doctor’s visits, hard choices, and new frontiers, Jenny and her son are healthy, happy, and learning to embrace this life to the fullest. Jenny’s story is so inspiring, and I am excited to share it with you. 

Don’t forget to tell a mom they are doing a good job, and give this episode a listen.

This disease has been a bit of a blessing in the way that we know how precious life is and how easily and how fragile it can be taken away.
— Jenny Stemmerman

Show Highlights:

  • It is empowering to learn about your child’s disability in order to advocate for them. 
  • Jenny shares the highs and lows of her son’s incredible journey. 
  • Walking through the grief process of knowing your child has a short life expectancy. 
  • Make sure you are mindful of what you are letting into your life. 
  • Dealing with school and the insecurities that come with being different from the other kids. 
  • Jenny’s advice to parents raising a child with CF. 
  • A chat on the lighter side!

Jenny's Favorites:

  • Madame Secretary on Netflix
  • Honeycrisp Apples
  • Finding unique, boutique stores on Instagram

Jenny's Recommended Resources:

Connect with Jenny:

More About Jenny:

Jenny Stemmerman is the Founder of Your Life Rocks, a resource based company for working Christian moms looking to create more balance in their lives. On the weekly Your Life Rocks podcast, she shares inspiration and tips to help you clear the chaos and reach goals in each area of your life. In addition to that she is the mom of two growing boys, and has been married to her highschool sweetheart for 17 years. As a corporate sales executive, she has coached hundreds of people to new levels of personal and professional success for over 11 years. Jenny believes in raising the bar while keeping a balance of the things that really matter in life. We all have talents and strengths, so why not make the most of them to build a life that rocks? Jenny works with women who are totally into living their best life. Through her company Your Life Rocks, she gives them the tools to get exactly what they want in every area of their lives. Her other passions include running, watching movies, baking, and winning board games against her family. (Sorry, a little competitive.)

 

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