In January 2009, Robert got a cold. He seemed to shake it off fairly well. However, this seemed to accelerate the disease. Robert went traveling later that year, to China and to Scotland. He felt he must get in some travel this year, in case it was not possible later. He spent a week refereeing “the little ones’ at the USA Cup in Minnesota. He has done this week refereeing annually since 1995, refereeing the oldest teams. This latest trip will be his last.
John was first diagnosed in March of 2009 when a bout of pneumonia took him to the Emergency Department and his chest x-ray showed some cloudiness in his upper right lobe of his lung. A subsequent CT scan confirmed the diagnosis of Pulmonary Fibrosis.
I first noticed a breathing problem in May 2007 while doing the fitness test for the Class 2 soccer referees. I just about scraped through but had serious problems the next day and went to my family doctor.
A very special congratulations to Caden Hart, who on August 29 completed his very own quest to raise awareness of Pulmonary Fibrosis and generate funds to support research into the deadly disease in memory of his Granny Rita.
Living life to the fullest with IPF
My husband Dave was diagnosed with IPF after a long and painful process of going to multiple doctors and getting numerous investigations done. He had been short of breath for 2 years before he was referred to the ILD clinic and the correct diagnosis could be made.
If you’re interested in telling your story, contact us at: Robert@cpff.ca