New perspective: Daughter’s diagnosis leads mother into coaching gymnastics

On Jan. 25, 2012, Jenny, Josh and Jackson Vargas welcomed a fourth member to their family of names starting with J.

Photo Courtesy of Jenny Vargas Jenny, Jayda, Josh and Jackson Vargas are actively involved in raising awareness and money to help cure cystic fibrosis. They participate in galas, breakfasts and other events, and have worked on reminding people that Jayda isn’t the girl with cystic fibrosis; it’s simply part of her.

Photo Courtesy of Jenny Vargas
Jenny, Jayda, Josh and Jackson Vargas are actively involved in raising awareness and money to help cure cystic fibrosis. They participate in galas, breakfasts and other events, and have worked on reminding people that Jayda isn’t the girl with cystic fibrosis; it’s simply part of her.

Jayda Kaye Vargas was born 7 pounds, 3 ounces. She seemed completely healthy, and her parents, Jenny and Josh believed she’d live a long, “normal” life. Nine days later, they received a call that changed their lives forever. They went into the pediatrician’s office and found out that their daughter had a common, but severe and potentially life-threatening, form of cystic fibrosis called Double Delta 508.

Tears streamed down their cheeks. They didn’t know exactly what cystic fibrosis was at that point, but just hearing those words was terrifying.

“It was definitely hard, because you’re sitting there and you have a baby who you think is perfectly healthy, and then you get this bomb dropped on you,” Jenny said.

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