As soon as I saw this image when I went to the Flickr website, I smiled. How funny that it is a picture of a soaring bird on a beautiful cloudy day. Didn't I just post about wishing I had the superpower of flying??
I think that most PH patients feel like a bird with a broken wing. So many PHers are diagnosed at mid-age, especially women. They may be going along with their lives, working, raising a family or planning one, and trying to live life to the fullest, flying high as a bird does and living free. And then bam! Their health starts going downhill and it might take awhile to figure out why. A PH diagnosis can take so long for many people, sometimes even years. Failing health might feel like as if they were a bird flying high, and then making a crash landing, breaking their wing during the fall, wondering if they are ever going to heal and soar once again. If they are diagnosed properly and treatment can begin as soon as possible, it is quite possible that their "broken wing" will heal, and they can once again fly the skies. They may not be able to soar as high as they used to, due to the limitations that PH can bring, but they can find a new normal and once again be able to try to continue living life as best they can.