IPF & Trauma: Let’s Talk About It!
People living with pulmonary fibrosis (PF), and other chronic illnesses, experience invisible symptoms that people can’t see, such as pain, shortness of breath and debilitating fatigue. Trauma as a result of prolonged hospitalizations, painful interventions or medical procedures is unfortunately another invisible symptom of chronic illness that is often overlooked. I believe this needs to be talked about more!
In November 2017, I wrote a column called The Invisible Impact of Trauma on Pulmonary Fibrosis Patients. Check out my column if you’re looking to recognize the signs of trauma, and why it’s important to intervene when you’ve experienced it. I am hoping to soon write an updated column on this topic as I’ve had more experience now living with this cruel lung disease and I believe others can benefit from learning to recognize trauma.
Have you experienced trauma as a result of your PF?
If so, have you reached out to others for support? What was helpful?
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