Sunday, July 11, 2010

Pulmonary Fibrosis

Good video clip about the disease that I'm finding a challenge.

The Most Deadly Disease You've Probably Never Heard Of

The clip says IPF kills as many people as breast cancer. The last research I read on the web estimated that breast cancer will kill 39,500 this year, while IPF will kill 42,000 to 45,000. But it's hard to pin down, so you can read different estimates in different places. Many people with IPF die of something related that is caused by the disease, such as congestive heart failure, and that goes on the death certificate, so the numbers actually killed by IPF are probably higher than reported.

Certainly breast cancer gets 10 or 20 times as many research dollars as IPF. Probably more.

On the plus side, I now get to use the handicapped parking spaces, so it's not all bad.


  1. "And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective."
    James 5:15-16 (NIV)

    Dear Lord,
    You know my friend so much better than I do. You know his sickness and the burden he carries. You also know his heart. Lord, I ask you to be with my friend now, working in his life. Let your will be done in my friend's life. If there is a sin that needs to be confessed and forgiven, Lord, please help him to see his need and confess. Lord, I pray for my friend because your Word says I should pray for his healing. I believe you hear this earnest prayer from my heart and that it is powerful because of your promise. I have faith in you to heal my friend, but I also trust in the plan you have for his life. Lord, I don't always understand your ways, and why my friend has to suffer, but I trust you. I ask that you look with mercy and grace toward my friend. Nourish his spirit and soul in this time of suffering and comfort him with your presence. Let my friend know you are there with him through this difficulty. And may you be glorified in his life and also in mine.

  2. Pulmonary fibrosis is a painful disease that is still unknown infection or cause, but that doctors should be treated with antifibrotic, corticosteroids, and cytotoxic.

  3. IPF is a devastating disease. My father battled it until age 79. His pulmonary doc told him that open heart surgery hastened the progress of the disease. Apparently any time you have a major blow to your system it allows IPF to gain a stronger hold. Stay active. Fight the good fight.