Aberdeenshire man praised for working to raise awareness

AN Aberdeenshire man has been congratulated by First Minister Alex Salmond for his work raising awareness of a respiratory disease.

Steven Chalmers has spoken out about living with the disease idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis – a condition that causes scarring or thickening of the lungs.

Mr Chalmers also has a secondary condition called pulmonary hypertension, which causes increased pressure in the arteries which carry blood from the heart to the lungs.

When he was diagnosed in 2010, Mr Chalmers decided he wanted to raise awareness of the condition and has since then worked hard raising the profile of the disease.

He has raised awareness of the Pulmonary Fibrosis trust and has been named as an expert patient for the British Lung Foundation- which means he is now called upon to share his expertise to support fellow patients and his families.

He enlisted the help of First Minister Alex Salmond to raise awareness and the First Minister recently visited Mr Chalmers in his home to congratulate him on the work he has done.

For more information, please visit www.sites.google.com/site/pftrust2

For people living with Pulmonary Fibrosis and wish further support contact the “The Pulmonary Fibrosis Group” via email at pulmonaryfibrosis@yahoogroups.com