”It’s a very unknown disease that’s very serious, very dangerous. The more you talk about it, the more you research, the more you share with other people… we can hopefully find more treatments, more cures, and start diagnosing correctly and in bigger numbers.”
~ Joe Nichols
There are hundreds of diseases in the world that affect us every day, that we aren’t immediately aware of. People live with these diseases every day, diseases that little is known about and less is said about. Pulmonary Fibrosis is one of those diseases, and Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Month was established to help raise awareness about this condition and the people who suffer from it.
History of Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Month
Pulmonary Fibrosis has a literal translation of “Scarring of the Lungs”, an apt description given the damage it can do to the lungs that interfere with breathing. The term fibrosis refers specifically to the build-up of fibrous connective tissues which cause the walls of the lungs to thicken and impacts the ability of them to transfer oxygen to the blood. This leads to those suffering from the disease to feel like they’re constantly in danger of suffocating due to being constantly short of breath.
The origins of this condition aren’t very well known, but they have been found to range from idiopathic versions where the origin can’t be determined, to instances caused by other conditions, including auto-immune diseases and other interstitial lung diseases. Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Month was established to help raise awareness of this disease through education and fundraising to aid research on the condition. If you know someone who suffers from Pulmonary Fibrosis or is a sufferer yourself, this observation is dedicated to helping make your life easier and work towards an elimination of this condition.
How to Observe Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Month
The best way to observe this holiday is to work to educate yourself on identifying it and how it affects the lives of those who live with it. The struggle they face is very real, and it can work to make life incredibly challenging as they suffer from a shortness of breath that makes every act of every day more difficult. By working to educate others you may help them identify the condition earlier, and when you work to help provide fundraising for research, you take a step towards eliminating this disease once and for all.