With a film set to premiere March 15 that tells the story of two patients fighting Cystic Fibrosis, two Texomans living with the disease share their story and hope the film brings awareness to what they have been battling.
CF is a genetic disorder that affects lung functions limiting the ability to breathe properly over-time.
“When I was little I was diagnosed at eight months and they did not expect me to live until I was like 10,” Cherish Correll said.
For the first time in 32 years, Correll is sharing her story the struggles of living with Cystic Fibrosis.
“Coughing around people and they think they are gonna get sick from me but what they don’t understand is I get sick from them, they don’t get sick from me and trying to breathe every day,” Correll said.
Cystic Fibrosis is a genetic disorder that affects mostly the lungs, but also the pancreas, liver, kidneys and intestine.
As a teenager, a frustrated Correll lashed out which negatively affected her condition.
“When I was little, my lungs were 100 percent until I was about 17, then I started doing things, not doing my treatments and not taking my medicine and slowly a started declining,” Correll said.
Now her lung function is at 54 percent, and Correll’s norm is over a dozen pills daily and doctor visits every 3 months, but she has some motivation to keep pushing forward.
“It took me almost ten years to have a baby and I was just fed up with it I was mad at the world, and then I got him and I’m happy to live,” Correll said.
A piece of advice she hopes Addyson Mann, an 8-year-old living with CF will take but Addyson just has one wish.
“A cure for CF,” Addyson said.
A wish her mother said she hoped she had the ability to grant.
“She had a very rough start in life, we knew when we were pregnant with her that we had a chance of having a child with CF because I and her father found out that we were carriers,” Addyson’s mother Whitney Mann said.
But a brave Addyson just wants her mom to keep believing that she is okay.
“She needs to stay strong, she can’t just keep crying,” Addyson said.
So Correll and Addyson said they hope they can spread awareness about CF but to also give hope to anyone else living with the disease.
They hope the movie 5 Feet Apart, will tell the true story of Cystic Fibrosis and encourages the community to take if even a peak of what life can be living with this disease.
The movie 5 Feet Apart premieres in theatres on Friday, March 15.