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  • Writer's pictureIngrid Grenar

Episode 1. Diagnosis

We discuss the journey to diagnosis for our son Orson at six months old. From pregnancy and birth, tests, diagnosis and processing the news.

It's emotionally a highly charged episode but we end up laughing quite a bit which we're pleased to be able to do together through this crazy journey.

We'd love to hear from you. You can leave a voice message for us here - comments, stories or questions. And, feel free to comment, like, share and subscribe on any other channels. If you'd prefer to email us please contact

What the CF! A Cystic Fibrosis Podcast was born out of a curiosity to learn more, support others, tell stories and share experiences while we navigate our own CF journey.

Series one of the podcast will focus on diagnosis and will feature conversations with Cystic Fibrosis medical experts, CFNZ, Genetic Counselling, and more.

Ingrid and Ian’s story:

“When our son was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis at six months old we were shocked and devastated. The road to diagnosis took several painful weeks. What started with kisses on salty skin soon became a persistent cough prompting many GP visits and eventually an X-Ray - the results of which opened the gates to the possibility of CF.​

From the first moment seeing his foggy little lungs, we knew this was gonna be a rollercoaster and we weren't wrong. Only a week after diagnosis we were chucked into the COVID lockdown left to digest this huge news within our wee family. The overwhelm was real, and although the team at the hospital were amazing, it was the online community of CFers and their families where we found an abundance of warmth and understanding.”​

What the CF! A Cystic Fibrosis Podcast is currently seeking funding and taking donations, 10% of which will go to Cystic Fibrosis New Zealand. For more information contact Ingrid on

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