Erin Bale & Beautycounter Support PFF. In memory of Joseph McErlane Sr.
The word "pulmonary" means “lung” and the word "fibrosis" means scar tissue – similar to scars that you may have on your skin from an old injury or surgery. So, in its simplest sense, pulmonary fibrosis (PF) means scarring in the lungs. But, pulmonary fibrosis is more serious than just having a scar in your lung.
In PF, the scar tissue builds up in the walls of the air sacs of the lungs, and eventually the scar tissue makes it hard for oxygen to get into your blood. Low oxygen levels (and the stiff scar tissue itself) can cause you to feel short of breath, particularly when walking and exercising.
Also, pulmonary fibrosis isn't just one disease. It is a family of more than 200 different lung diseases that all look very much alike. The PF family of lung diseases falls into an even larger group of diseases called the “interstitial lung diseases.” Some interstitial lung diseases don't include scar tissue. When an interstitial lung disease includes scar tissue in the lung, we call it pulmonary fibrosis.
About 40,000 people a year die of PF. This cause is near and dear to my heart because my Dad "Big Joe" died of PF in 2011. Please help me and this PF community find a cure to this devastating disease.
25% of my Beautycounter sales from August 1st till October 1st will go directly to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation. To donate, directly please visit my safe and secure FirstGiving page.
Many thanks for your support.