Everybody’s experience of pulmonary fibrosis is different. Read stories of people's challenges and triumphs and how they manage their symptoms to have the best possible quality of life.
Peter's story: Playing golf with PF
This world health day (7 April 2023), we’re sharing Peter’s story. Peter is living with PF and with some adjustments is still able to play golf, the sport he loves.
“He fought, he was brave, he was the soldier he had always been.”
Stacey’s dad, Alan, lost his life to Pulmonary Fibrosis in May 2022. During his PF journey, Alan took comfort in reading stories from others, knowing he was not alone. So, in his memory, his daughter Stacey shares his.
Natasha's fond memories of her dad James
Natasha remembers her dad James as a kind, caring and mischievous man who loved his family. Despite battling with symptoms for a while, sadly James passed away following a short diagnosis of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis.
Shaun's Mum, Maureen
As another Mother’s Day approaches, the fourth without his mum, Shaun remembers Maureen with great love and tells us why he continues to support APF as an advocate and fundraiser.
Anna-Marie shares her aunty Jenny's journey with IPF
Anna-Marie remembers her aunty Jenny as one of life’s wonderful souls. A person who genuinely cared for others, a natural at her job and loved by all those who had the pleasure of her presence.
Tom and Una’s story: speaking out for others
Six years ago, Una was diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). The diagnosis was a huge shock, and it started them on a journey neither of them could ever have predicted.
Tina remembers her husband Ian as a fit, active and strong man. They enjoyed a good social life and many lovely holidays. Sadly, Ian died in October 2022 from pulmonary fibrosis, a disease that had claimed the life of his sister 18 months earlier.
Gail and her daughters Louise and Suzanna discuss her journey with IPF and how they support each other as a family.
Life with and after Pauline
On 24th February 2022, less than three years after a diagnosis of IPF, Pauline Popely died in St Catherine’s Hospice Scarborough. Tragically her sister lost her battle with the same disease less than a week later.
Andy Bright, support group co-ordinator at APF, talks about his ten year journey with PF and he’s made it his life mission to support others.
For Kohinoor this will be the first Mother's Day she will face alone without her mum, Rozmina. She tells us about her mum and why she continues to feel motivated to support Action for Pulmonary Fibrosis
Sofia was only 28 years old when she was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis, she shares her experiences...
Emily and her Dad John
Emily discusses her Dad John's diagnosis of pulmonary fibrosis, and how they support each other day to day...
Elaine on living with IPF and keeping fit
Elaine Ball talks about her life with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and how she stays active during the colder months...
Clive and Sue and the importance of talking
Clive and Sue met at Ashton under Lyne Fire Station in 1993 when Sue started work as a cleaner there. After Clive was diagnosed with PF in late 2009 he started the Tameside PF Support Group in 2018.
Tim Mears and why research is so important to his family
"Research provides hope for better treatment options, extended life expectancy and improved quality of life" Tim's son Dominic
Kelly remembers her Nan
Kelly talks about her amazing Nan Kathleen, their experience of IPF and how it inspired Kelly's studies into Science.
Liz and living with cough
Liz was diagnosed with non-specific Interstitial Pneumonitis(NSIP) in 2011. This was subsequently amended to RA-ILD when the inflammatory arthritis was diagnosed two years later. Liz talks about the impact of having a persistent cough.
Robert and the Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis cough
Robert, 70 from Lincolnshire, was diagnosed with IPF in 2020, he speaks about the impact of the persistent pulmonary fibrosis cough and ways of managing it.
John and the impact of the pulmonary fibrosis cough
John, 63 years from Bournemouth, was diagnosed with IPF in April 2017. John talks about the impact of having a cough and how it affects his day to day life.
Pepe Gonzalez and managing the pulmonary fibrosis cough
Pepe, 69yrs, from London was diagnosed with IPF in 2015. Pepe talks about the pulmonary fibrosis cough and ways of not letting the illness spoil daily life.
Physiotherapist Manisha and Nurse Claire talk hospices and palliative care
Physiotherapist Manisha and Nurse Claire talk about the day to day life of Hospice care and the impact it has on patients and their families.
Wendy Dickinson remembers her dad Peter Taylor
APF Trustee Wendy Dickinson talks about her dad Nottingham Forest manager Peter Taylor who was diagnosed with IPF in 1987 and lived with the condition for three years. She discusses her motivation for joining the charity, and her hopes for the future
Sukh Kaur remembers her Dad Malvinder
Sukh's dad was diagnosed with IPF in June 2017, aged 63, just days after her uncle passed away with the same illness. Sukh shares her story of her dad who was"an amazing pillar of strength".
Dawn: pulmonary fibrosis and getting support
Dawn 51, is living with pulmonary fibrosis and has been supported by the APF support line. "You don’t meet many younger people like myself with PF and it’s rare to find someone who understands what you’re experiencing".
Tricia : living with hypersensitivity pneumonitis
Tricia Kay, 74, has Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis, Tricia shares her story of the impact of the support line. "I feel I can 'let go' if there is anything I want to discuss which I would normally bottle up and keep from my family."
Susan: frontline nursing to homeworking
Susan has pulmonary fibrosis. Overnight she switched from frontline nursing to front room home working. Susan talks about her experience of volunteering as a Patient Ambassador with APF during the last 10 months of Lockdown.
Dee: being a carer and getting support for you
Dee and Roger Bryan set up the West Kent PF, Dee, as a carer herself, also started a carer’s group last year in March 2019.
Sheetal was a devoted mother to her daughter, Naisha, and a successful property lawyer when she was diagnosed with a rare form of pulmonary fibrosis (Pleuroparenchymal Fibrolastosis – PPFE) in 2015 at the young age of 38.
Anisa and her beloved Nana
Anisa Rasheed decided that this year, for her birthday, she would set up a Facebook Birthday Fundraiser asking her friends and family to donate to Action for Pulmonary Fibrosis instead of buying her presents. She was delighted to have raised £160!
Ruby and Subita
Ruby is a volunteer for APF and passionate about helping others. "Anything I can do to help anyone with pulmonary fibrosis or affected by it, comes from the core values that mum installed in me and wanting to have a legacy in mum"
Antony (pictured with his partner Allison) was diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) in his 50s in 2015. He is a self-employed computer engineer, fixing people’s computers in their homes.
Tony and Sue
Many people care for loved ones with pulmonary fibrosis. Tony, in his fifties, gave up work and now cares for his wife Sue who has IPF. Sue is on anti-fibrotic drugs and currently being assessed for transplant. Tony reflects on his experiences.
Catherine Traynor's mum was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis in April 2019, having previously been incorrectly diagnosed with sarcoidosis the previous year. Sadly, her condition deteriorated rapidly and she passed away just before Christmas.
In October 2018 Charlie was diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. After the initial shock, he and his family have set about raising awareness and much needed funds for Action for Pulmonary Fibrosis.
Ron and Myles
Friends Myles Greensmith and Ron Fish are keen advocates of exercise and pulmonary rehabilitation. After meeting at the Papworth Support Group some five years ago, they quickly established they were both interested in playing golf to stay active.