Modern Day Mutant – a Column by Ann Reynoso

Ann is a sociologist who previously used her degree as a college professor. Her life changed when she was diagnosed in December 2019 with a rare lung disease known as lymphocytic interstitial pneumonia, which causes pulmonary fibrosis. Ann uses oxygen 24/7 to help her breath. Ann is from a small town in Texas and lives on a small farm. She is now ready to move forward by reaching out to others who are just beginning their journey with this disease. She wants her column to show those reading that they are not alone in this struggle, that they have a voice and must courageously advocate for their health. Her motto: “Stay strong and don’t hide your illness.”

It’s My Turn to Take On the Role of Caregiver

I never thought I’d take for granted the caregiving I receive from my daughter, at least not on purpose. But that’s exactly what I was doing. I knew I could count on her on the days I needed someone to drive me to my appointments, for instance, because when my…

Celebrating 1 Year of Finding My Path Through Writing

It’s been one year since I joined BioNews, the publisher of Pulmonary Fibrosis News, as a columnist. At that point, I was trying to find my way in life with lymphocytic interstitial pneumonia (LIP) amid the COVID-19 pandemic. I never thought I’d have so much to write about.

Early AFib Diagnosis Is Key to Proper Care

“Wow, that is a rare lung disease. I have heard of lymphocytic interstitial pneumonia [LIP], but I have never known or treated anyone with this disease. Your case will be interesting.” That’s what my cardiologist said when I went for my first consultation regarding my hospital stay for symptoms of…

A Day in the Life: When Laughter Is the Best Medicine

Laughter brings people together. It can lead to positive emotional changes, especially when you’re having a rough day. It can also boost the immune system, which enables our body to fight infections. Laughter can help us feel relaxed and vibrant and make our spirits soar. Chronic illness can trigger…

Returning to Work After My Diagnosis

Teaching has been a passion of mine since I earned my masters degree in sociology from the University of Houston-Clear Lake (UHCL) in 2013. Becoming a college professor gave me a sense of self-worth. I was proud of my accomplishments, especially since I obtained my degree so late in…

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