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.

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…