Hello! My name is Kathleen Brown and I would like to introduce myself as your AlphaNet Coordinator.
I grew up in Denver, Colorado. I currently live in Lochbuie, Colorado with my husband. In my spare time, I am an antique dealer, appraiser and, oh yes, a collector. I also have a cat called Henry who does not appreciate me in the slightest.
In my much younger days, I went to school to become an emergency medical technician. I got my certificate and started volunteering my time on an ambulance and volunteering for the American Red Cross as an Advanced First Aid Instructor. I loved doing both, and it gave me an appreciation for helping people. Working on the ambulance was extremely hard physically so I had to quit and, of course, the Red Cross decided to stop the Advanced First Aid classes. I never forgot my training or the satisfaction I received from the patients or students. It was my honor to teach and to serve.
In 1990, I began having pleurisy around my lungs and a nagging cough. I went to the ER and an astute ER doctor told me I had something serious going on after he looked at my lung x-rays. I was lucky to be sent to a pulmonologist who knew about Alpha-1. Back then, as you know, few doctors knew anything about the condition. He took a blood sample and the rest is history. I am a ZZ. It’s sometimes funny how things work out. I now have a great job and work with people who are loving and genuinely care about their patients and each other. It is my great privilege as a patient coordinator to be able help, educate and sometimes just listen to my fellow Alphas. After all, no one can understand an Alpha like another Alpha.