Riding the IPF Roller Coaster – a Column by Kevin Olson

Kevin Olsen

Kevin is originally a Nebraska native and now lives in Missouri. He was diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis in 2014. Kevin had a bilateral lung transplant in August 2020. Through his column, “Riding the Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Rollercoaster,” he strives to provide in-depth awareness for those traveling on their PF journey. Kevin’s passion is to make the words “pulmonary fibrosis” a widely known term so more people can get diagnosed and receive treatment sooner. He also provides awareness through his local Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation website and Facebook page.

My Theory on How I Developed IPF

When I was diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis with dendriform ossification in 2014, it was the second time I had a medical condition with an unknown cause. Three years earlier, I developed blood clots and had two pulmonary embolisms. Again, a reason for them couldn’t be determined. These unknown…

My Wife Shares Her PF Story

When I volunteered to coordinate the Pulmonary Fibrosis News initiative “30 Days of PF” alongside fellow columnist Charlene Marshall, I didn’t expect a tremendously emotional experience. I asked my wife, Dana, to write her pulmonary fibrosis (PF) story for this program. She had difficulty covering seven years in 400 words,…

IPF and Ossification: Who Knew?

After my idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) diagnosis, I was in denial about having the disease. So, I had a video-assisted thoracoscopic lung biopsy in July 2014. The pathologist said my diagnosis was “fibrosing and interstitial…

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