Similar to the author of this column, Charlene Marshall values communication with others, and knows that words are how we all convey thoughts and ideas. Unfortunately since Charlene’s diagnosis of IPF, a cruel and life-threatening lung disease, communication with others hasn’t been as easy as it was before she got sick. Irritability, frustration and impatience can be side effects of the medications used to treat IPF, and emotionally-charged words can occasionally emerge when Charlene is upset at her disease, not at others. She’s then left picking up the pieces and trying to explain why her ability to communicate with others feels changed because of IPF.
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