A FORMER Fraserburgh man is campaigning to highlight the life-threatening condition Pulmonary Fibrosis which he suffers from.
Steven Duthie Chalmers (44), has to be connected to oxygen 24 hours a day because of the condition which causes the lining of the lungs to scar and thicken.
There is no treatment or cure and the only chance of survival is a lung transplant.
Mr Chalmers said: “My mother had the same condition and died 17 years ago aged just 49. I also suffer from a secondary condition called Pulmonary Hypertension - high pressure in the arteries that carry the blood from the heart to the lungs.
“I have a wife and two daughters, and also became a grandfather for the first time in December last year.
“I want to increase awareness of Pulmonary Fibrosis in the population, and particularly in those areas where patients come into contact with social and medical services that may not be as familiar with PF and get the Pulmonary Fibrosis Trust up and running as a registered charity with the aims of increasing awareness of this invisible illness which is blighting so many lives.
“I am often very weak and in addition, my self-esteem and confidence can be quite low sometimes, although mostly I remain incredibly upbeat.
“Actively participating in all parts of the management of your disease is greatly enhanced by a positive attitude.”
A Pulmonary Fibrosis Yahoo group has been created to provide support and information for people.
If you would like to join the group visits http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/pulmonaryfibrosis
A UK charity connected to this group has been set up and is called ‘The Pulmonary Fibrosis Trust’.
To support The Pulmonary Fibrosis Trust all donations should be sent to Malcolm Weallans, Honorary Treasurer, The Pulmonary Fibrosis Trust, 11 Redwood, Burnham, SL1 8JN Or funds can be paid direct into our NatWest Bank Account, Account Number 13603604 sort code 60-04-53. If you wish to contact via email at Malcolm.Weallans@btopenworld.com