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Port Charlotte woman working with cystic fibrosis during pandemic

Working with cystic fibrosis during pandemic
Posted at 11:00 PM, Mar 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-25 09:32:45-04

PORT CHARLOTTE — A Port Charlotte woman with Cystic Fibrosis is risking her health even though she’s worried about the coronavirus pandemic.

Just like so many other Americans, she tells Fox 4 there are bills to be paid, so she has no choice but to work.

“I can’t afford to be out of work for 14 days, ” Rennae Miller.

Rennae Miller was diagnosed with nearly 26 years ago, she underwent a double lung transplant and has since been on medications that weaken her immune system.

Though healthcare professionals have advised her to stay home, she says right now it is just not possible.

“It is a pretty big financial risk to have to put those bills off for a month or another two months because eventually, we’re still going to have to pay them,” said Miller.

She works at a fishing and hunting store in Port Charlotte, where she services hundreds of customers daily.

“On a normal day anywhere between 100 to 200 customers,” said Rennae Miller.

She says she keeps hand sanitizer and disinfectant spray near the register, but even still, it is a risky business.

“Ultimately its what I like to do, I love to work, and you know sitting at home is just not for me,” said Miller.

As most people’s lives have changed drastically over the last few weeks, Miller, like many others, says she wants things to get back to normal.

“I just want to try to be able to enjoy my life as normally as possible,” said Rennae Miller.

We attempted to reach out to the store owner, to see if there are health precautions he is enforcing in the store; he has yet to respond.