Twenty-five years ago, AnnMarie was born with Cystic Fibrosis (CF), a life threatening hereditary disease that effects the lungs, digestive system and other organs. By September of 2018 AnnMarie's health had declined to the point of frequent hospitalizations and infections, leading the transplant team at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) to consider her for a double lung transplant.
AnnMarie and her loving husband James live in the Upstate of South Carolina. They have been married for over three years. During this time, they have traveled the three and a half hour trip from Upstate SC to MUSC in Charleston numerous times so that AnnMarie could receive treatment. In November of 2017 James quit his full time job to support AnnMarie as her health declined. But God saw fit to give them a part time job as Minister of Music at their home church, which allowed them the flexibility to travel back and forth from pulmonary rehabilitation and the frequent trips to Charleston. Through their faith and trust in God, they were able to make it through the transplant process and four months of living in Charleston, and are now back home in Williamston, SC.
Cystic fibrosis is an inherited disorder that causes severe damage to the lungs, digestive system and other organs in the body.
Cystic fibrosis affects the cells that produce mucus, sweat and digestive juices. These secreted fluids are normally thin and slippery. But in people with cystic fibrosis, a defective gene causes the secretions to become sticky and thick. Instead of acting as a lubricant, the secretions plug up tubes, ducts and passageways, especially in the lungs and pancreas.