A campaigner has been raising awareness of a deadly disease which claimed her husband’s life.
Angela Gray, of North Shields, has been highlighting the lung disease idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF)after her husband, Robert, lost his battle with it in April 2014.
He was diagnosed in 2012 after becoming breathless doing every day activities.
After his diagnosis, he and his wife were told there was no cure and to ‘go on the internet’ to find out more. They were shocked when they found out IPF was progressive and incurable lung disease with a life expectancy of only three years.
Angela said: “When Robert was diagnosed we had no idea what to expect. That’s why I’ve joined the BLF to do whatever I can to help raise awareness of this awful disease to help the UK move forward in providing better services and support for people with IPF so that other families won’t have to go through the same thing we did.”
IPF, a disease that causes a gradual scarring of the lungs, has been on the rise in the UK for decades, and now kills over 5,000 people a year.
However, awareness remains low, and there is no known cause or cure.
Ruth Sabella, IPF project manager at the British Lung Foundation, said: “As rates of IPF continue to rise, we need to see significant improvements in service provision and research into the disease.
“With the help of people like Angela, the BLF is determined to raise awareness of these important issues to ensure that people affected by IPF get the help and support they need.”