Approximately three years ago I started to experience shortness of breath. I was a very active person teaching martial arts, biking, running, kayaking etc. Spent quite a few visits going to my family doctor and then to the lung specialist Dr. Wilcox at St Pauls hospital in Vancouver where it was confirmed I had IPF. I was put on the new medication Pirfenidone which seems to be working. Since then my condition hasn’t really changed.
I have shortness of breath which means I cannot do a lot of the more extreme things I used to do, but I can function quite normally otherwise. I have had many tests for a lung transplant consideration and I’m very grateful to my family doctor, Dr. Malan in Kamloops and all the specialists who have been looking after me.