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  • Karen Kilgore

    Hi! I just now read this entry. I am a bit late to the blog. I also have Alpha-1 and bronchiectasis. Similar history to yours, though I might add that 3 cousins died in their early 40s from alpha-1 (two smokers–pulmonary failure; one alcoholic–liver failure). I have been doing Tai Chi for 14 years and have a very mild condition — no more pneumonias and exacerbations, unless I neglect to eat right, sleep right, manage stress, and do my Tai Chi and other physical exercises. I am glad to hear about your journey! I now teach 8 ways to a group of pulmonary patients with ILD and they report that it improves their quality of life. I love teaching as well!

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