Cystic fibrosis

Old Jan 12th 2013, 11:42 pm
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Hiya all, I have had no major problems with my cf since I was diagnosed in 2003.
I'm on no medication or anything and my question is would this affect my plan to emigrate to Canada.
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Old Jan 13th 2013, 7:28 am
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Hi,
I'm no expert but didn't wan to leave you with no answers !

I hate to be the bearer of bad news but it is highly liklely that this illness would pose a significant problem for your long term plans to emigrate.

The medical requires the doctor to not only make a judgement on your current state of health ( fantastic that you are doing so well BTW)
but also the long term prognosis and the likely impact of your long term health on the health care system.

I'm sure you are more aware than any of us as to what the long term prognosis for CF is in terms of requiring medical treatment. I'm afraid that it is highly likely you would be considered an "excessive demand" on the system.

Sorry.

It may be that an immigration laywer who has expereince of dealing with "excessive demand" cases might have other suggestions.

If you do end up talking to someone , please come back and let us know how it goes.
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I agree with ZB, however, if you are being sponsored by your spouse or common law partner, under the family scheme you would be excessive demand exempt and it would not affect immigration.
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Originally Posted by jj_3048
Hiya all, I have had no major problems with my cf since I was diagnosed in 2003.
I'm on no medication or anything and my question is would this affect my plan to emigrate to Canada.
What "stream" are you using/planning to use?

Skilled worker? Family class?
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hi all thanks for the replies.
I'll paint a better picture.
I was diagnosed in 2003 whilst serving in the army.
Whilst in the army I was sent to frimley park every month for routine check ups.
The only thing that was wrong was my poor weight. My weight is good now.
I never had any symptons of CF, apart from being slighty under weight a few years ago.
The only medication that I was on back in 2003 was creon and some vitamins tablets.
I've not had any medication since the end of 2003
My lung fucntion is 103% and peak flow of 620
I've smoked since I was 13 and work an average of 60 hours a week.
I'm as fit as a fiddle and the only thing that says that I have CF is a positive sweat test.

I plan on coming to Canada on the PnP program as a long haul truck driver
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Old Jan 14th 2013, 12:22 am
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What you've said is really positive. I'm glad for you.
However I'm still concerned that CIC will be looking at the extreme long term. I'm sure you'd be the first to admit that yours isn't a "classic" case of CF. It may be that all CIC will see on your medical report is "Cystic Fibrosis" and draw their own conclusions from that.

Now would be the time to start pulling together as much information about your diagnosis/long term prognosis from as many specialists as you can.

I would say with 100% certainty that this is not something you want to attempt on your own. You need an immigration laywer who specialises in "excessive demand" cases.

Good luck
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CF sweat tests:
Chloride range 60 or greater = positive for CF in children, but could still be normal for adults. If an adult has a result close to 60 mmol/liter, genetic testing may be done to confirm the diagnosis.

False positives: Certain rare disorders can also produce high chloride levels in sweat, but those disorders have different symptoms than cystic fibrosis. If a sweat test produces positive results in a person who has symptoms that are not typical for CF, further testing should be done to confirm the diagnosis.

If I was you I would get your GP to do the sweat test again and if positive again send you for a genetic screening. You have no CF symptoms whatsoever and further tests might confirm what you think you have already but they might give you the all clear and therefore a much easier way to apply for PR. I think it's worth a try, you've got nothing to lose. And if you have a decent GP he'll understand you need the testing for immigration to confirm or deny CF.
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If I was you I would get your GP to do the sweat test again and if positive again send you for a genetic screening. You have no CF symptoms whatsoever and further tests might confirm what you think you have already but they might give you the all clear and therefore a much easier way to apply for PR. I think it's worth a try, you've got nothing to lose. And if you have a decent GP he'll understand you need the testing for immigration to confirm or deny CF.
Excellent point . I thought about that on the streetcar but it had slipped my ind by the time I got to work. Yes I'd push big time for the genetic test.
If for whatever reason your GP won't cooperate , paying to have it done privately might be worth the investment
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