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Alpha-1 Patient Stories

The patient stories presented here are excerpts from our Alpha-1 Advocate magazine, and feature friends of Coram who are living with Alpha-1 and want to share their story with others. You can find complete, downloadable issues of the Alpha-1 Advocate in our online archive.

Melinda Fenton, Alpha-1 Consumer

Melinda Fenton, How Her Life Changed for the Better

Melinda Fenton was diagnosed with Alpha-1 four years ago. While Melinda is doing great now, adjusting to living with Alpha-1 was definitely a challenge.

Read Melinda's story.

Garry Neal, Father of Three and... 
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

Being diagnosed with Alpha-1 hasn't changed life that much for busy dad Garry Neal. He's even done something most of us haven't — participated in an episode of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition!

Read Garry's story.

Ron Piearcy, Rodeo Rider and Entrepreneur

Ron was diagnosised with Alpha-1 at age 39. Even with his diagnosis, that didn't stop him from becoming an accomplished rodeo rider and starting his own business. Alpha-1 can't slow this cowboy down!

Read Ron's story.

Mary Beth Holderby — "Alpha-1 Does Not Choose What I Want to Do"

Mary Beth was diagnosised with Alpha-1 at age 21. Determined not to let Alpha-1 take control of her life, she took control of it. Since then, she hasn't looked back and continues to live her life to the fullest. s

Read Mary Beth's story.

Steve Petty Starts on His New Journey as an Alpha-1 Patient

Steve was misdiagnosed with everything from post-nasal drip and asthma to chronic bronchitis and COPD until he consulted with a new pulmonary physician. That appointment was the beginning of a journey that answered many of Steve's questions.

Read Steve's story.

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