It’s estimated that between 10,000 and 15,000 people are living with pulmonary fibrosis in Canada yet there is little awareness of this devastating disease. Many PF patients require caregivers (usually family members), some of whom have to give up their jobs to look after their loved ones.
The Canadian Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation has taken the opportunity to highlight those who dedicate their lives to looking after people living with pulmonary fibrosis. Its Take a Breather Caregiver Recognition program is a yearly campaign where caregivers are recognized and ten lucky caregivers are awarded $1,000 to spend on something to help them “take a breather.” According to personalhealthnews.ca, the recipients often spend the money on home improvements that benefit both the caregiver and the pulmonary fibrosis patient, but other past winners have been on yoga retreats or had family meals at their favorite restaurants.
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