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Katie: She won’t let Alpha-1 or Breast Cancer slow her down!

Katie: She won’t let Alpha-1 or Breast Cancer slow her down!
Friday, March 16, 2012
When Katie Schwalbe’s older sister was diagnosed with Alpha-1 in 1995, she blew off getting herself tested – just because her sister had some health condition, why should she have it, too? Schwalbe even started smoking again. But when she decided to apply for a welding job and failed the respiratory exam, she changed her mind about getting a test for Alpha-1. In 2003 she was...
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Super Alpha

Super Alpha
Friday, March 16, 2012
Can a skinny 17-year-old girl be a Super-Heroine in a book full of villains? If she has no special powers? In the graphic novel world? Where all the good guys are like Superman, Batman or Wonder Woman? If it’s Katherine Arnoldi, she not only defies the odds and defeats her assailants, she does it while raising her baby with the only superpower she has – a mother’s...
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Ken: The Story Behind the Alpha-1 Angel

Ken: The Story Behind the Alpha-1 Angel
Friday, March 16, 2012
It might surprise you that a guy like me loves to do cross-stitch - I’m not really into crafts, I’m actually more of a hunter, an athletic type of guy, but having Alpha-1 has brought about many changes in my life, and led me to discover things – and accomplish things – I never dreamed I would. Why do I do this? Well, I started doing counted cross-stitch* when I was told...
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Len Geiger lives “beyond your wildest dreams”

Len Geiger lives “beyond your wildest dreams”
Friday, March 16, 2012
Len Geiger’s lung function isn’t normal, it’s better – so good, it even amazes the doctors who gave him the donated lungs he lives with. Before his transplant at age 43, Geiger scored as low as 15% on the FEV-1, the most popular measure of lung function. Doctors who performed his double lung transplant only hoped he could reach the 80-100% average capacity that...
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Hair today, gone tomorrow

Hair today, gone tomorrow
Friday, March 16, 2012
When Vicki Cameron met friends and fellow AlphaNet coordinators Liz Veronda and Doug Turley, in St Louis at the 2008 national Alpha-1 Association education conference, she mentioned that she was going to grow her hair out for a year, then donate it to charity. “Liz and I had done this once before. We were talking about how good we felt about what we did,” Cameron said. “We...
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The Cowboy Way

The Cowboy Way
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Renowned Western artist Bill Reese made the decision to live life on his own terms — with Alpha-1. I loved growing up on a cattle ranch – I was born in South Dakota and raised on my dad’s ranch before we moved to Washington State, on the dry side of the Cascade Mountains, and continued life as cattle ranchers. It’s a great way of life. In addition to cattle, we also...
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Roadtrip encounter signals more know about Alpha-1

Roadtrip encounter signals more know about Alpha-1
Friday, March 4, 2011
Pierre Villeneuve, a Florida resident, was diagnosed with Alpha-1 at the age of 39. Since then, Villeneuve and his wife Alex attend Alpha-1 support groups, conferences and education days, and do what they can to raise awareness about Alpha-1. This past June, the Villeneuve’s drove all the way to Canada, and made an unexpected friend along the way. By Alex Villeneuve On the...
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COPD patients who socialize live longer; study finds loneliness is as harmful as alcoholism and smoking

Thursday, July 29, 2010
Medical News Today A new study suggests that social interaction should be considered an important factor for extending lifespan, on a par with other health and lifestyle factors. In fact, low social interaction harms longevity as much as alcoholism and smoking, has more impact than lack of exercise, and is twice as harmful as obesity. Researchers at Brigham Young University (BYU) in Provo,...
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