SC_Hendricks1-e1430338000156When Barbra Hendricks gave birth to her daughter in 1987, she was surprised when Tiffany was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis (CF). Three years later, when her son Brent was born, he also was diagnosed with CF.

Cystic Fibrosis is a genetic disease that mainly affects the digestive system and lungs. There is no cure.

In 2002 at the age of 15, Tiffany died. In March of this year Barbra and Brent came to the StoryCorps booth in Atlanta to remember Tiffany, discuss what it is like for Brent to live with CF, the pain of losing a child, and Brent’s thoughts on death.

Originally aired May 1, 2015, on NPR’s Morning Edition.

Photo courtesy of the Hendricks family.