On the Receiving End

Jun 23, 2014, 14:17 PM
My Journey through Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

Michael C. Henderson and Daniel M. Rose
The Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, Chicago, Illinois

Published in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society, Vol 11, No 5, pp 833-835, Jun 2014

Michael C. Henderson was a founder and served as Chairman of Albina Community Bank from 1995 until he retired at the end of 2009. He first learned about idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) at the age of 58, when he was told that he had the disease. Ten years later, Mr. Henderson reflects on his passage through IPF in this personal narrative written with the assistance of Dr. Daniel M. Rose, Chief Executive Officer of the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation.

Imagine being told that you have a disease you have never heard of, a disease with no known cause for which there is no effective medical treatment and no cure. Your future has been instantly shortened to 3–5 years. I would like to share with you the story of how I was diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), the progression of my disease and its impact on me, the difficult decisions I have made along the way, and how I am working to help others who have been afflicted with this disease. . . Read More
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