Author Archives: Mark Koziol

Bittersweet Memories of My Mom on Mother’s Day

Another Mother’s Day is upon us. As each year comes round, it seems that I think about my mother more and more. My mom passed away on June 27, 2007. She suffered a fractured pelvis from which she didn’t fully recover. Afterward, she lived with ongoing pain and contracted frequent…

Following My Diagnosis, Negative Thoughts Consumed Me

Even before I received my official diagnosis of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), the thought of death consumed me. I had trouble sleeping. I would lie awake at night for several hours tossing and turning before finally falling asleep. The restlessness was a symptom of the IPF; the thoughts of…

Finding Support While Going Through Difficult Times

Before receiving my official diagnosis of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), I was confident in my knowledge of it. Since it was suggested as a potential diagnosis, I spent many hours researching all facets of the disease. I was amazed by how many people were affected by IPF, yet so…

Traveling by Air Again Following Lung Transplantation

Several months after my lung transplant in 2015, my transplant team OK’d me to travel by air. My wife and I were in the doctor’s office and gave each other a grin. We knew then that we could go back to our special place: Maui. After careful consideration, we decided not…

Our Family Came Through When My Caregiver Needed Caregiving

After contracting respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and having an exacerbation of my idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, I was homebound. I wasn’t able to walk more than 15 feet and was having some anxiety. The majority of my anxiety issues pertained to coughing episodes. When I stood up from sitting, my…

The Beauty of My Support Network

In June 2016, Lifebanc held its Gift of Life Walk and Run alongside the Transplant Games of America in Cleveland, Ohio. I was a few months post-lung transplant and I felt strong enough to give back to the organ donation community. I enjoy planning events and parties, so it only…

IPF, Lung Transplant, and the Cleveland Browns

I have been a season ticket holder with the Cleveland Browns football team since it returned to action in the city in 1999 after a hiatus. I am part of a group of 11 men that holds seven seats. We passionately believe in our sports franchise. I felt the urge…

Here’s How My Body Changed on My Journey with IPF

When I was diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), I didn’t comprehend what the disease could do to a person’s body. Normally, losing weight would be an ideal situation. For me, it was essential because I needed to lose 80 pounds to be under the required body mass index…

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