When I first was diagnosed with cancer I began scouring the internet for information primarily about breast cancer and secondarily about different fundraising activities. Friends & family started mentioning various cancer organizations and how I could get involved in them after I was in remission(AKA: my personal cheerleading squad). When I had lived in Evansville,WI the Night Owl used to participate in Relay for Life every year. I started reading about the Relay For Life, other similar programs online and thought I don't want to be made a spectacle of wearing a survivor t-shirt for the first mile, lap or whatever. Then I read some other website and realised the act was not for my benefit it was to give others who don't have cancer that participate HOPE who were there because they had lost someone to cancer or had a loved one fighting cancer. So...Hey, ya want me to wear a pink t-shirt or survivor t-shirt and walk a lap/mile....No problem, I'M THERE!!
I also plan to participate in the Team Alpha1 respiratory walk in Chicago Sunday September 23,2007 by the lakefront. A really cool thing they are doing is a virtual walk as well. I have the link somewhere in an email and will post a link to it in a later post.
The Top10 Things You Should Do If You Test Positive For Alpha1
- Have A List Of Questions When You See a Doctor About Your Alpha1(If you try to remember the questions you want to ask you may forget half of them)
- Learn To Breathe Effectively
- Limit Or Eliminate Your Alcohol Consumption
- Don't Be Afraid To Be Proactive About Your Alpha1
- Get Plenty Of Rest(You will likely have a higher oxygenation level)
- Avoid Sick People(You have a lower immune system than most people)
- Drink Plenty Of Water
- Eat Healthy/Avoid Processed Food(Carbonated beverages)
- Start A Careful Exercise Program/Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program(Your muscles will become more efficient so they won't use as much oxygen and if you have surgery you will likely recover quicker as well)
- Stop Smoking