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Cystic Fibrosis 65 Roses04 by HollomanM89 Cystic Fibrosis 65 Roses04 by HollomanM89
Photos Taken By: Mental Image
Model: Me, Melissa Holloman
Photo Editing By: Me, Melissa Holloman

What is Cystic Fibrosis?

Cystic fibrosis is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of about 30,000 children and adults in the United States (70,000 worldwide). A defective gene and its protein product cause the body to produce unusually thick, sticky mucus that:

  • clogs the lungs and leads to life-threatening lung infections; and
  • obstructs the pancreas and stops natural enzymes from helping the body break down and absorb food.

In the 1950s, few children with cystic fibrosis lived to attend elementary school. Today, advances in research and medical treatments have further enhanced and extended life for children and adults with CF. Many people with the disease can now expect to live into their 30s, 40s and beyond.

Signs and Symptoms of Cystic Fibrosis:

  • very salty-tasting skin;
  • persistent coughing, at times with phlegm;
  • frequent lung infections;
  • wheezing or shortness of breath;
  • poor growth/weight gain in spite of a good appetite; and
  • frequent greasy, bulky stools or difficulty in bowel movements.

Statistics:

  • About 1,000 new cases of cystic fibrosis are diagnosed each year.
  • More than 70% of patients are diagnosed by age two.
  • More than 45% of the CF patient population is age 18 or older.
  • The predicted median age of survival for a person with CF is in the early 40s.
For more information on how you can help, please visit: www.cff.org/
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:iconraverzombie69:
Absolutely stunning and powerful. 
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HollomanM89 Jan 30, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you very much. :) Glad you like it!
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:iconraverzombie69:
You're very welcome ^_^
Thank you for sharing it :p
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HollomanM89 Jan 30, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
:) This was just from a recent photoshoot with my friend. Her company is Mental Image. She is a wonderful friend. She has another friend with Cystic Fibrosis that she is very close to. She donates some of the money she makes from her photography work to the Cystic Fibrosis (65 Roses) Foundation. We are getting closer and closer to finding a cure with the help of our supporters. :) Can't wait until they find a cure for the type of CF I have. I think they already cured 1 type.
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:iconraverzombie69:
I really hope the do :)
That's exciting!
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HollomanM89 Jan 30, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Me too...and yes, it is quite exciting! :)
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