James & AnnMarie Robertson started the
Choosing Faith Foundation after experiencing first hand a life saving transplant surgery. It was during this time that they realized the need to provide financial aid and advice to patients and families facing transplant.
AnnMarie was born with a life threatening hereditary disease called Cystic Fibrosis. 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) in Charleston, to consider her for a double lung transplant.
AnnMarie and her husband James live in the upstate of South Carolina, and have been married for over three years. During this time, they have driven the three and a half hour trip from the upstate to MUSC 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. They have since served in their home church, which has allowed them the flexibility to travel back and forth for treatments and frequent trips to MUSC. AnnMarie believes it is through her faith, that they were able to make it through the transplant process and the four months of recovery in Charleston.
Today, they are home and living each day as a gift from God.
AnnMarie and James are ready to pay it forward and begin helping others in their transplant journeys.
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.
Watch AnnMarie give her own personal account of living with Cystic Fibrosis here.