Chicago Alphas

Support Group

Winter Webletter

February 2009



All links on this page will take you to sites not affiliated with the Chicago Alphas.  The sites are posted for your convenience and are not an endorsement by the Chicago Alphas.


Cartoon Apple



Link to my Pulmonary Rehab at Stroger 


Other Chicago  Area Pulmonary Rehab Programs



How about some Sitting Yoga?



Alpha-1 proteinase inhibitor brand names and  links to the sites of the manufacturers:

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Prior Meeting Photos: 

Me Yapping!

1st Chair dancing!


Tiffany &  Genesis



Ann, Maria & Celia 

Dr. Kyle Hogarth

Hello! Welcome to the Chicago Alphas Winter Webletter!  Thank you for checking us out!  My name is Cindy Wilson.  I am an alpha and I live in the City of Chicago.  After waiting only 8 months, on October 8, 2008, I received a single right lung transplant!  I started the Chicago Alphas support group so that I could share information with and learn information from other people dealing with the genetic disorder, Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency.  My pledge to all people who attend the support group meetings is to provide a nurturing, helpful and caring venue where alphas, family members, caregivers and others can come together and share knowledge and information with one another.    Enjoy your visit! 

 Winter Break!

The Chicago Alphas do not meet during the winter months due to the difficulty so many Alphas have functioning in the severe cold. We look forward to resuming our support group meetings in the Spring, sometime in April or May.  Once the date has been determined, it will be posted on this webpage and added to the Chicago Alphas Meeting Calendar. 

RHAMC features Chicago Alphas

The Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago features the Chicago Alphas Support Group in their Winter Inspirations publication.  Be sure to check it out!


  Chicago Alphas Meeting Calendar

 Thoughts to Ponder . . .


 My Recent Transplant

 Want to read my about my transplant journey?  

My Carepage Name is:  TheTransplantJourneyOfCindyWilson

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February CarePage Newsletter

10 Compassionate Questions With Cindy Wilson 

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Story & Article Submissions

If you have an Alpha-related story you would like to submit for consideration on the Chicago Alphas webpage, please e-mail it to:  Cindy Wilson (

Inspirational Quotes 









Please consider becoming an Organ Donor.  For more information click here:

Donate a Real Gift -- The Gift of Life


Peach Ribbon Symbolizes Alpha-1

 Strickly Alpha Resource Links:


Alpha-1 Advocacy Alliance


Alpha-1 Association


Alpha-1 Foundation




Donate Life Illinois 

 We can make a difference! 
We can be  someone else's reason for Hope.

Please consider becoming an Organ Donor. 

 For more information click here:

Organ Donor Information 


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Other Lung and COPD  Resources:


American Thoracic Society (ATS)


American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST)


American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC)


Journal for Respiratory Care Practitioners


Respiratory & Allergic Disease Foundation


Everything Respiratory



Prior Meeting Pictures:

Dr. Vigneswaran

More Chair dancing!