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Living with Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency

Living with Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency


More than 100,000 individuals in the U.S. suffer with alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency (A1AD), a rare genetic, incurable disease which causes the liver to not produce a certain protein which protects and keeps the lungs functional. Learning to manage the symptoms of A1AD can seem overwhelming. But by taking everything one day at a time and making sure people are provided with the care and support they need, they can still live a life that is fulfilling and meaningful.

Living with Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency includes information on the latest surgical and non-surgical treatment options, traditional and alternative medical options for a full-body approach to wellness, guidance on self-care techniques for patients and caregivers, and valuable medical and community resources for A1AD sufferers. The book also includes a foreword by pulmonologist Dr. Nicholas J. Sanito.

Scott Bruun, Executive Director of the Chronic Disease Coalition says Living with Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency “provides insight into the everyday challenges experienced by those who battle this rare condition.”

While there is currently no cure for A1AD, patients can take action to reduce their symptoms and improve their overall well-being by practicing proper self-care and following a comprehensive wellness plan. Don’t just live with A1AD—live well.

For more information and articles on A1AD from author Samantha Bowick, click here.

About the Authors

Samantha Bowick has a Master of Public Health degree from Liberty University. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Care Administration at Columbia Southern University. She is devoted to using her education and experiences to advocate for women who suffer with endometriosis and other chronic illnesses. She is the author of Living with Endometriosis. She currently lives in Aiken, South Carolina.

Marie H. Bowick has lived in Aiken, South Carolina her entire life, and was diagnosed with A1AD at 46 years old. She has been married for 27 years and is the mother of two daughters. She worked in manufacturing for 15 years and then became a caregiver to her mother, father, and youngest brother.

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Living with Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency
Written by Samantha Bowick and Marie Bowick
Foreword by Nicholas J. Sanito, DO
978-1-57826-809-2, $15.00 paperback
978-1-57826-810-8, $12.99 eBook

Published by Hatherleigh Press.
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