Jackie’s blog for the BLF

“An IPF support group for my mum”

Jackie Blain, our secretary and co-founder, is the daughter of IPF sufferer Pat Walker.

Jackie talks about the first scary signs that her mum was not well while on a family holiday to Spain.  She noticed Pat “… breathing more heavily than normal when we walked up the hill from the restaurant…” and knew that was not right.  Her mum, an avid walker, didn’t usually struggle like that.

After returning home, she received the horrible diagnosis that Pat had IPF, a similar disease to the one that Jackie’s uncle died of seven years ago.  How can you know how to deal with a diagnosis to a disease with no known cure and very little treatment available?  Well, Jackie started to set up this group with the help of many others.

Read the full article at : www.blog.blf.org.uk