It's not often I read fishing websites for Wegener's Disease stories, but I saw a story on the Bassmaster website recently and I couldn't resist linking to it. Alicia's dad is a keen fisherman and Alicia has a fish tattoo, so the combination of fishing and Wegener's stuck in my mind.
David Cosner has been battling Wegener's Granulomatosis for 8 years, and his favourite form of therapy is catching a 5lb fish!
David was diagnosed at just 17 years old. He was a keen lacrosse player but when the disease attacked his lungs he couldn't cope with that sport physically so he switched his focus to bass fishing. He fishes competitively despite being prone to lung infections. He has undergone over 200 procedures to treat the GPA affecting his lungs, has had a large part of one lung removed and he has even fallen into a coma twice. At some point in the future David believes he will need a lung transplant.
To help pay towards his medical bills David has a Go Fund Me page here.
If you would like to read the full article go to the Bassmaster website here.