Beth’s Journey to an NTM Lung Disease Diagnosis

Beth’s Journey to an NTM Lung Disease Diagnosis


I live in Colorado and in the foothills
west of Boulder I love to hike and backpack and camp and just enjoy nature
my family is really my group of friends and my colleagues at work I’ve had a
wonderful career in marketing and public relations which often involves being a
spokesperson so it was hard for me when all of a sudden I developed this cough
that would never stop you can imagine trying to be a spokesperson and being
enthusiastic about a product or a program and all I’m doing is coughing before I was diagnosed with NTM
disease I was sick for about two years just coughing all the time and
experiencing a lot of fatigue and losing weight and it came after a bout of
bronchitis that just never went away and so when I went to my primary care doctor
um she said it looks like you have asthma so she gave me asthma medications and
that didn’t uh solve any of my symptoms didn’t make the symptoms go away
certainly didn’t help my cough so I just lived with this cough thinking well
it’ll get better it’ll get better and it never did in fact it got worse you know I thought there’s got to be a
way to deal with this and to help my symptoms I was just determined to find a
way finally a friend of mine said you know you need to go to a respiratory
specialist one of the real advantages of going to a respiratory specialist
is that they start over from the very beginning they look at all your symptoms
and they test you for everything and that’s when I found out that I had NTM
lung disease after being sick for so long with all the coughing and fatigue
and weight loss this had gone on for two whole years it was very frustrating so
to finally get a diagnosis was really a relief it was something that I could
define now I could take medication for that I believed I had hope for a good
outcome so I was relieved


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