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EYE ON HEALTH: Cystic Fibrosis

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -

There are many different faces of Cystic Fibrosis.

Ellen McOmie, patient says "I have a very mild form of cystic fibrosis, there are other people who are far more impacted than  am."

Cystic Fibrosis is a genetic disease that can be life-threatening.

Ellen says the hardest part of coping with her illness is taking her medication and breathing treatments.  Seven year old John Carlton has to use this machine that helps break up mucus in his lungs.  Like most people with cystic fibrosis John was diagnosed at an early age.  He was only 6 months old.

Haley Hamner, mother says "So by the time we had gotten the last results which is the CF test we kind of knew that this is probably what it was. But we were still relieved that we knew so we could get on the right track."

Nearly 30,000 people are diagnosed each year with Cystic Fibrosis.... And as the treatments continue to improve, so does life expectancy.  some people like Ellen are now living into their forties, fifties, or longer.

That's why John's family who says they are relying on their faith, along with patients like Ellen are working so hard to help raise funds to find a cure.

Ellen McOmie says "The CF foundation is developing so many great new drugs that life expectancy keeps getting better and better."

"It is our wish that the scientists find a cure for Cystic Fibrosis together we can make a difference."

The Hammers say by staying strong and pushing forward they can make it.

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