Role model beats odds every year: South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Linda Bowman recently celebrated her 45th birthday. Five-year-old Kristy Lamb hopes to eventually celebrate hers, too.
They are both fighting cystic fibrosis, a genetic disease that causes their bodies to produce thick mucus that clogs their lungs. Half of people with the disease live until age 32; the rest die before that age.
But Bowman, of Boca Raton, beats statistics. That’s why she’s a role model for Kristy, of Coral Springs, and other young cystic fibrosis patients hoping to see their futures.
More at http://www.cff.org/home/
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In Denver, a respiratory therapist suggested a blood test. A positive result would explain everything. And what if it is? Canada wanted to know. What is the cure?”There is no cure,” replied the therapist. “Only a lung transplant.”
Dean Canada is among an estimated 100,000 Americans who were dealt a pair of bad cards, two corrupted genes that produce a condition called Alpha One Antitrypsen Deficiency.
This disorder causes the livers of its victims to work improperly. The liver prevents the release of a protein needed for healthy functioning of the lungs. Most victims begin suffering when they are 39 or 40.
More at http://www.alphaone.org/