I know the first two are things that everyone talks about doing. Even I talked about them for years. But now that I know about my IPF, I have a better motivation for getting out there and doing it.
I am very involved in walking exercises. I still do the breathing exercises that I learned at pulmonary rehab. With the blessing of my doctor, my trainer pushes me, in a good way, to stay on top of the things I can manage.
As for living life to the fullest, I’m doing what I can when I can. I want to be out front in the IPF community, helping out. I want people to know that this disease, this diagnosis, can be managed. There are things you can do to help yourself. You can learn more. You can work with your doctor. You can treat your whole body rather than just treating your lungs.
If you remember nothing else from me, I hope you learn these three things. Find support. Get educated. Stay positive.