Raising Awareness

An Aberdeenshire man is hoping to raise awareness of the life altering condition which affects him every day.

Forty-four-year-old Steven Chalmer suffers from Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis, a condition that causes the lining of the lungs to scar and thicken. The condiditon means he has to be connected to oxygen 24 hours a day and other prescribed medication. There is no treatment or cure and the only chance of survival is a lung transplant.

The father of two, who became a grandfather last year, is hoping to raise awareness of the condition. He said: “I am keen to raise awareness of this condition, which is little-known. I want to increase awareness of Pulmonary Fibrosis in the population, and particularly in those areas where patients come into contact with social and medical services that may not be as familiar with PF and get the Pulmonary Fibrosis Trust up and running as a registered charity with the aims of increasing awareness of this invisible illness which is blighting so many lives, and to help people living with Pulmonary Fibrosis and by providing a source of help, support, and information to patients so that they can help themselves to cope with the challenges presented by breathlessness.

“It is surprising how many people, including GPs, and nurses in hospitals, have never heard of this illness which causes the deaths of thousands of people every year in the UK.”

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

A UK charity connected to this group has been set up and is called ‘The Pulmonary Fibrosis Trust’. Any donations should be sent to Malcolm Weallans, Honorary Treasurer, The Pulmonary Fibrosis Trust, 11 Redwood, Burnham, SL1 8JN. email at Malcolm.Weallans@btopenworld.com.