Hello, my name is Shelly Paffrath and I’m happy to introduce myself as an AlphaNet Coordinator.  I am from Winona, Minnesota where I was born and raised.  It is a beautiful little valley river town set between the bluffs of Minnesota and Wisconsin with the Mississippi River set in between the two states.  I am the proud mother of three daughters (Samantha, Jenna, and Nina) and two cats (Fuzz and Freedom).  My daughter, Samantha, was married this fall and I’m looking forward to someday becoming a grandmother.  My middle child Jenna is off living with roommates and my daughter Nina (6) lives with me and the cats.

Helping others is a passion of mine.  I am a member of the Breastfest Committee here in Minnesota.  Breastfest provides support and awareness for local breast cancer patients.  This year we organized an event which raised a large sum to help breast cancer patients.  For the past 15 years, I held a position where customer service was key.  Another important part of my position was research.  I am the type of person who can never learn too much and am inspired by challenge and the ability to see something new.

I was diagnosed with Alpha-1 in 2006 while pregnant with Nina.  The nurse practitioner I see on a regular basis had my blood tested and provided me with the diagnosis after multiple bouts of bronchitis and difficulty breathing.  I visited with a pulmonologist in 2006, but treatment was not started until 2011.  In 2011, I began seeing my regular pulmonologist and began my Prolastin-C infusions.  It was at this time that I found out that I was a ZZ.  In 2011, I was also diagnosed with bronchiectasis along with the emphysema, COPD, and Alpha-1.  I am very happy to report that since my infusion therapy started, my pulmonary function tests have remained the same.  This was not the case in the past.

AlphaNet has been a very important part of my success with Alpha-1 Antitrypsin deficiency.  The knowledge and support have given me a positive outlook on life.  I am very proud to be a part of this family and look forward to working with other Alphas.  It is my goal to provide the same wonderful level of service that I have been given.  I am very happy to help Alphas and provide answers to any questions you may have (or find answers to the questions).  Please contact me as I will look forward to hearing from you.

Coordinator: Shelly Paffrath

Phone: (855) 816-7779

Email: mpaffrath@alphanet.org

State/Province/Territories: N. Florida, Georgia (for zip codes below only)

Zip Code (first 3 digits only): GA 306-319 and 398-399

Country: USA

Product: Prolastin