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Cystic fibrosis sufferer who was told she'd never be a mother celebrates birth of second child with touching photoshoot

Published 11/06/2016 | 17:02

Emmah Money with Ayvah and Logan. Photo: Facebook
Emmah Money with Ayvah and Logan. Photo: Facebook

A woman with cystic fibrosis has celebrated the birth of her second child with a beautiful photoshoot, after being told she would never have children.

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When Emmah Money was born, her parents were told that it was highly unlikely she would live past the age of five and, if she made it to adulthood, it is unlikely that she would ever have children of her own.

However, Emmah, who is now 28, defied the odds a and in 2013 she gave birth to her first child Avyah and in last July, she celebrated the birth of her second child, Logan, with husband Nick.

The journey to motherhood wasn't easy but Emmah was determined to live her life to the full and become a mum.

Emmah, from Adelaide, Australia, has shared her journey of living with cystic fibrosis on her Facebook page, CF MUMMY to inspire other people who have cystic fibrosis and to raise awareness of the disease.

She takes daily antibiotics, does physiotherapy three times a day and also undergoes intensive antibiotic therapy two to three times a year, meaning she’s hooked to a pump for 24 hours a day for three weeks straight.

Emmah’s life expectancy is just 37 years, and she has vowed to make the most of every day.

“I have a lot of things I want to do in life and living to the age of 37 just won’t cut it,” she said in an interview with The Salty Life magazine, a publication created to support those with cystic fibrosis.

Emmah Money with Ayvah and Logan. Photo: Facebook
Emmah Money with Ayvah and Logan. Photo: Facebook

“Life is too short to not enjoy every moment. I want to seize every day.

“I hope to see my children grow up and have grandchildren of my own. I want to be here for when the cure for CF is found and be able to say confidently I kicked CF in the butt and be free of the disease.

“Cystic Fibrosis is not going to beat me. I will beat it.”

Emmah’s autobiography, The Words Inside, was published when she was 16. She now works as a motivational speaker and is an ambassador for cystic fibrosis in Australia.

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