Meet Mike Steward

Mike is waiting to be added to the transplant list.

My name is Michael Steward, I’m 48 years old and live in Norco, California. In September 2018 I was short of breath and began struggling to do normal activities, or anything that required energy. It prompted me to go see a doctor. In 2019 I was diagnosed with NSIP/UIP. NSIP is considered nonspecific interstitial pneumonia; while UIP is considered usual interstitial pneumonia. Aka honeycomb lung. My disease is progressive and deadly; however some treatments may slow down the progression. If my disease continues to progress, I will be placed on the transplant waiting list, in hopes to breath freely again with disease free lungs.

I felt alone and scared, I struggled to find answers about my disease, and I wanted to learn as much as possible. In my search I found One Breath Foundation and met many others with lung diseases. I am still new on this uncertain journey, but finding One Breath Foundation has given me hope, and helps me continue my fight against this horrible disease. I am very grateful to be part of this group. Please follow my journey and share my story on One Breath Foundations social channels.