Ruth 5 years ago
My name is Ruth and I am 65. Last year I was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis. No one can give me a prognosis but the average survival time is 3-5 years following diagnosis. My initial reaction was total acceptance which in retrospect was denial. My family think I am dealing with it ok but I am struggling to deal with my feelings. I spoke to my gp who suggested counselling but there is none available free. All I can think of is that I will die of suffocation which terrifies me. I try to be positive but I have no close friends to talk to. I want to talk about end of life options but cannot discuss with my family as that would just upset them. I tried to contact a local PF support group but got no response. I don't know where to turn.