Columnist Explores the Downside of Social Support for IPF


If you have a chronic illness such as pulmonary fibrosis you can draw tremendous strength from others who are going through the same experiences as you are. Befriending others who suffer from the same illness provides you with a community you can rely on, who understand your situation better than your friends and family. It also gives you the opportunity to offer support and guidance.

Pulmonary fibrosis patient Dyane talks about what she most fears about the disease.

However, as our resident columnist Charlene Marshall explains, there is a potential downside to getting close to others with chronic diseases. Charlene talks about a friend she became close with who also suffered from pulmonary fibrosis, and sadly her friend passed away a few weeks ago following an infection.

Having to say goodbye to a dear friend is tough but there is also the added complication that her friend died from the same disease she has, a fate she may share making it doubly hard to reconcile. Read Charlene’s article here.

Find out how pulmonary fibrosis affects patients and their loved ones. 

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One comment

  1. Mike Olsen says:

    I’m glad I am here for PF Warriors. Yes it’s sad.And it does give me pause knowing without a miracle I too face the same fate.But even though I am suffering with IPF, I am bringing awareness anyway I can on a daily basis.It is worth it to make a difference to hopefully see more research,funding and eventually a cure!

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