I was diagnosed with Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency in the winter of March 2008. Until that point, I had never experienced any visible deterioration of my respiratory functions except for having, what I was told at the time was, chronic bronchitis. I was getting out of breath quickly. A change of physicians and a few tests later and the Alpha-1 diagnosis was made—and confirmed! I have been on Prolastin since September 2015.
I was born in a little French speaking town just outside of North Bay called Astroville in Ontario. I currently live in a tiny community close to Barrie and volunteering in my community is very important to me. I also enjoy gardening, travelling, quilting, reading, yoga, walking, my precious grandchildren and my husband whom has been the most supportive person through all of this.
I really enjoy working with people. I have worked at a Bilingual Employment Centre in Ontario with different levels of responsibilities including supervisory experience. As I continued my journey and working full time, it became important for me to return to College and complete several courses such as Human Resources Manager, Career and Information Specialist, Employment Coach, Supportive Counselling and Common Assessment. I work as a Bilingual Clerical support person for the municipal government office.
I am humbled and honored to be a member of the AlphaNet Canada Family. I want to give back, and help other Alphas. I am looking forward to learning from everyone’s experience and I believe that we have the potential to build a unique community. Together we can support each other, and provide vital information to researchers which will ultimately help in finding a cure. I look forward to connecting with you.
Coordinator: Ileine Matton
Telephone: (888) 909-9046
Territories: Eastern Canada for French Speakers