Author Archives: Charlene Marshall

Identifying and Reducing IPF-related Stress in My Life

At some point in everyone’s lives, we feel overwhelmed by the pressure to perform, whether it’s getting good grades at school, excelling at playing an instrument, or receiving a promotion at work. Many of these are normal pressures one expects throughout their lives. However, patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF),…

How Much Risk Can Pulmonary Fibrosis Patients Mitigate?

The world must learn to address our widespread anxiety about the ongoing health crisis. As a patient living with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), a life-threatening lung disease that makes me increasingly vulnerable to respiratory infections, I’m familiar with this anxiety. But life must continue, and it’s necessary to find a…

It’s Time to Stop Stigmatizing the IPF Cough

The dry, persistent cough associated with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is arguably the most difficult symptom of this life-threatening lung disease. Pulmonary fibrosis is defined simply as scarring in the lung, which always is progressive in patients with IPF. Unfortunately, there is nothing simple about this disease, and the scarring…