Since lung disease came into my life, my whole outlook on the future has changed.
My husband Ron has idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). It’s a lung condition that causes scarring of the lungs. Our lungs are like sponges, but Ron's are turning to stone. There’s no way to stop it and no cure. He was told he had 5 years to live – that was 7 years ago. That’s why the scientific research the BLF is doing is so crucial.
We've found the research into IPF really interesting. An anti-scarring drug became available, which can't stop the scarring of Ron's lungs, but it can slow it down. So had people not researched this drug, I firmly believe he wouldn't be here now.
Someone once asked me what it’s like to have lung disease in your life. It’s like a dark cloud hanging over you. You could plunge into darkness in a blink of an eye. But there’s also a ray of light. There is hope that thanks to the research funded by the BLF, a cure might be just around the corner. That hope keeps you going.
Since January 2021, your support has helped fund 7 new exciting research projects
We work closely with researchers to make sure their research is patient centred and adds the most benefit and value to people with lung disease