Hi, my name is Gayle Tipper and I would like to introduce myself as your AlphaNet Patient Services Coordinator.

I live in Wilmington, North Carolina, with my husband, Larry.  Between us, we have five grown children, and three little ones at home.  I was diagnosed with Alpha-1 quite by accident in 1998, at just 34, when I needed some foot surgery and couldn’t shake a cold. My doctor ordered a chest X-ray and it came back showing severe COPD.  I pulled out an old medical reference guide and read a paragraph about Alpha-1.  I told my primary doctor and he had me tested.  Up until then, I didn’t know there was anything wrong.

Before joining AlphaNet in 1999, I worked in planning and development for a public utility for 18 years.  I am a past Board Member of the Alpha-1 Association, editor of the AWARE newsletter created for their support groups, past support group leader in both West Virginia and North Carolina and past member of the Alpha-1 Association Support Group Leader Advisory Council.  You can tell I am a big believer in the benefits of support groups.  I was also involved with the Alpha-1 International Network, of which I served as Vice-Chair.  My husband and I are truly blessed to be Foster and Adoptive Parents as well as work with children and youth in our church.

Through my many years working with AlphaNet, I have been privileged to serve my fellow Alphas and have developed a huge second family.  I have a saying, “It’s not the load that breaks you, it’s the way you carry it,” that I think really applies to how I approach living with Alpha-1.  When I was first diagnosed, the first pulmonary physician I saw told me I would not see my children graduated from high school without a lung transplant.  Those children are currently 25 and 30 years old.  Not only has my immediate family grown, but so has my AlphaNet family and I can still say I have the best job in the world.

Coordinator: Gayle Tipper

Phone: (877) 982-5742

Email: gtipper@alphanet.org

State/Province/Territories: North Carolina

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Country: USA

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