Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Pulmonary Fibrosis Support Group Meeting - Aug '16

The August meeting of the PF Warriors of North Texas, a Pulmonary Fibrosis support group, was this past Saturday. This month's meeting was held at the Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center in Dallas. Our speaker was Dr. Joseph Trombello, of the UT Southwestern Center for Depression Research and Clinical Care. Dr. Trombello spoke about “How to Develop the Mental and Psychological Strength to Deal With Pulmonary Fibrosis”

This is an important topic that hits the mark with many people living with Pulmonary Fibrosis (PF), and their caregivers. The world in which a PF patient lives can be a lonely place. Before being diagnosed they have probably never even heard of PF.  If the diagnosis is Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis, the first web search when they get home from the doctor's office is full of nothing but doom and gloom.  Treatment options are very limited and the only hope for a cure is a lung transplant, and not many who need new lungs actually have the opportunity to receive them.  So yes, the mental side of living with a rare and often terminal disease is something that should be addressed.

Here is the audio of Dr. Trombello's presentation:

And here is the .pdf he was talking from.

The audio is much better this time around.  I purchased a microphone designed for sharing conferences and it really helped. If we want to improve on this audio, we will have to upgrade to a wireless microphone and receiver.  That would be nice, but way out of budget.

Following Dr. Trombello's presentation, we broke into a couple of smaller groups, one for patients and one for caregivers, where we could talk about our personal issues and offer each other support.  This was the most important part of the meeting, getting together and being there for each other.

If you would like to attend a support group in your area, the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation has a tool that you can use to do so. is another great resource for finding support groups in your area.


  1. Great job and effort in doing this John. I know all of us walked away from this meeting with fresh ideas and strategies for dealing with PF. I think it was particularly valuable for our caregivers.