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Published on Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Alpha Don Davis overcomes COPD, lives a full life

Alpha Don Davis overcomes COPD, lives a full life

Don Davis grew up having asthma. A trip to the doctor’s office when he was 40 years old may have saved his life.

“I noticed that I was getting out of breath much quicker than usual,” Davis remembered. “I told the doctor I thought my asthma was changing. She realized there was more to it than that.”

In fact, his doctor discovered that Davis suffered from Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency, a genetic type of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease that occurs when there is a lack of protein in the blood, resulting in possibly serious lung and/or liver damage.

Davis knew that his life might never quite be the same.

“That was a scary time for (my wife) Barb and me,” Davis said recently from his home in Tunkhannock, PA. “We had three young kids and we really had no idea what this meant for our future. One doctor told me I might only have three years to live.”

That diagnosis, in fact, occurred 24 years ago.

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Source – Wyoming County (Pennsylvania) Press Examiner