I live in Hannibal, Missouri with my wife Pat.  I exhibited no symptoms of Alpha-1 until 2006 when I was 57 years old.  I was initially diagnosed with asthma and was treated unsuccessfully.  In 2007, an allergist tested me for Alpha-1 and diagnosed me with the disease.  I did not start augmentation therapy until late 2008 after developing chronic bronchitis.

I am a military veteran and served for 26 years in the United States Navy, mostly at sea, retiring in 1996 after achieving my dream of serving as the captain of a Navy ship.  As part of my career in the military, I lived in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Rhode Island, California, Hawaii, Guam and Japan.  I find that the time I spent in the military helped me with my management skills and taught me how to counsel a tight-knit group.

I enjoy getting up every morning and talking with Alphas.  I learn something new every day.  When I am not interacting with Alphas, I enjoy bass fishing.

Coordinator: Mike Benn

Phone:  (877) 446-0848

Email:  mbenn@alphanet.org

State/Province/Territories: Kentucky, Ohio (for zip codes below only)

Zip Code (first 3 digits only): OH 439 and 440

Country: USA

Product: Prolastin