- 120 pages
- Black & White
- 5.5 x 8.5 inches
- 978-1-4602-0979-0 Paperback
- 978-1-4602-0980-6 eBook
Pulmonary fibrosis, Lung Transplant, Breathing, Oxygen Therapy, Survivors and caregivers, Rare diseases, Canadian Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation
Breathing Should Never Be Hard Work
One Man’s Journey With Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis
Robert Davidson was diagnosed with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis in October 2007 after having difficulties with the fitness test necessary to retain senior level soccer referee status.
Rather than give in to the disease and die, he decided to fight and live as normal a life as possible, borrowing from Winston Churchill, the mantra “Never surrender”. He and his wife, Heather, believe it was this attitude that led to him “winning” a double lung transplant January 30, 2010, just weeks before he would have died from the disease.
This book is about his journey with that life threatening disease.
Although it “steals away the sufferer’s breath” Robert travelled to China (finding 12,800 feet up the Himalayas too high) and to the highlands of Scotland for his wife’s 60th birthday celebration.
He describes with great candour, and sometimes humour, the worst symptoms and challenges of Pulmonary Fibrosis. The huge efforts of getting up in the morning, visiting the local pub for “attitude adjustment hour” and just breathing.
The relief of the lung transplant that saved his life and the establishment of The Canadian Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation tells us that we should all have hope and never surrender.
Hope you enjoy the journey!
Robert Davidson was born in London, England in May 1947 and moved to Canada with his wife Heather in 1973.
Robert is a Chartered Accountant and Trust and Estate Practitioner and a fellow of The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales. He worked with various CA firms in London before joining Price Waterhouse in Toronto. After a 9 year spell as the CFO of a large private company he opened his own tax practice in Markham Ontario, running that until January 2010 when Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis made it impossible to service his clients.
Robert founded the Canadian Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation in late October 2009, just 3 months before his life-saving double lung transplant on January 30, 2010.
Robert and his wife live in Markham Ontario. He has two sons. Mark, who also lives in Markham with his wife, Alyshia and new baby daughter Alexis. His other son, Matthew, lives in Neurenberg, Germany where he works with Adidas and is marrying Gemma there in June 2013.
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