Author Archives: BNS Staff

30 Days of PF: Choosing Not to Get ‘On the List’

Photo courtesy of Rand O’Brien Day 22 of 30 This is Rand O’Brien’s story: It started when I began feeling short of breath when I reached my third-floor office. I thought it might be my heart since two years prior, I’d had two stents put in. But after my…

30 Days of PF: Honoring the Unforgettable Friends I’ve Lost

Photo courtesy of Kevin Olson Day 21 of 30 This is Kevin Olson’s story: I joined the Greater Kansas City Pulmonary Fibrosis Support Group, making several new friends who would influence my life. Unfortunately, we would lose some of them to this dreadful disease. I am honoring some…

30 Days of PF: Living Courageously with IPF

Photo courtesy of Eileen Koster Day 20 of 30 This is Eileen Koster’s story: My IPF journey started in 2015. Asthma, allergies, and chronic cough made my job difficult as a flight attendant, so I made an appointment to see a pulmonologist. A year later, he recommended treatment…

30 Days of PF: My Mom Inspires Me to Be Positive

Photo courtesy of Ann Reynoso Day 19 of 30 This is Ann Reynoso’s story: Never a day goes by that I don’t think of my mom. She was very important to me. She helped me to be brave when we found out about my having LIP/PF. She would…

30 Days of PF: My Faith Sustains Me

Photo courtesy of Diana Schmitz Day 18 of 30 This is Diana Schmitz’s story: In January 2019, I was diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Throughout my experience with IPF, people have used certain words to describe me: grace, bravery, strength, and inspiration. But for me, the key words…

30 Days of PF: Swimming Is My Happy Place

Photo courtesy of Terril McBride Day 17 of 30 This is Terril McBride’s story: My name is Terril McBride, and I have IPF, like my father before me, and my two brothers. I was diagnosed in 2015. However, I had many lung complications after having open heart surgery in…

30 Days of PF: Staying Active While Living with IPF

Photo courtesy of Malcolm Mann Day 16 of 30 This is Malcolm Mann’s story: My first inkling that my lungs were under stress was around the year 2000, when I developed a cough while exercising. In those distant days, I was a 50-year-old, slow-ish triathlete, and I…

30 Days of PF: I’ve Been Given a Second Chance at Life

Photo courtesy of Curt Strickland Day 15 of 30 This is Curt Strickland’s story: I had a double lung transplant 18 months ago, and I am doing very well. Given my good fortune, I wanted to share what I believed helped in both my recovery and the actual transplant…

30 Days of PF: Finding Peace and Relishing Life

Photo courtesy of Jerry Barnum Day 13 of 30 This is Jerry Barnum’s story: My name is Jerry Barnum. I am 70 years old and live in Minnesota. In 2017, I was diagnosed with interstitial pulmonary fibrosis with autoimmune features. As one who learned I have a terminal…

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