A man who was diagnosed with a terrible lung illness managed to complete a marathon, despite his disease. Last Sunday, on November 27, a man suffering from pulmonary fibrosis had finished a marathon challenging himself and demonstrating that he is a normal person even if he is fighting against a terrible disease. Evans Wilson, a 63-year-old man, proved that nothing could stop him.
The ill man finished the Seattle Marathon in 10 hours and 55 minutes. He walked the entire race with his oxygen mask attached, towing the tank. After the marathon had finished, he argued that he wasn’t in too much pain. He declared to the media that he is in good shape, despite the terminal stage of the disease which is slowly consuming him.
He diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis a few years ago when he was 57. Since then, he continued to take part in the marathon, always trying to decrease the amount of time spent to complete it. He managed to surpass his purpose time of 14 hours by finishing it in only 10 hours. This is spectacular for a man who suffered so much because of this terrifying disease.
The illness affects the lungs which develop some scars. The causes of this disease are multiple. It can be genetic, or it can appear because of autoimmune diseases and particle exposure. Evans Wilson claimed that he needed repeated analyses and a lot of tests for doctors to determine the diagnosis only after two years of investigations.
The first symptom of the illness had indicated a respiratory impairment. He walked in his neighborhood, and he suddenly was out of breath, without making any effort. He was worried about the fact that only the simplest activity could hurt him so much. He was diagnosed by the doctors with pulmonary hypertension too. This means a high blood pressure in the lungs which signals that the heart is tired because is overworking and it could be damaged.
After first being told that he suffers from pulmonary hypertension, he was later diagnosed with the lung illness which caused scarring. Statistics demonstrated that people who have this disease usually survive for only three years. Nevertheless, against all the odds, Wilson proved to be stronger because there have already passed five years since he was diagnosed.
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