Supporting Those with A1AD

What is alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency (A1AD)? Author Samantha Bowick has written articles revolving around important questions and information about A1AD. She also wrote Living with Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency with her mom Marie Bowick, who is an A1AD patient. Their new book, available now, offers the most up-to-date information on this illness.

Supporting Those with Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency (A1AD)

More than 100,000 individuals in the U.S. suffer with alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency (A1AD), a rare genetic, incurable disease which causes the liver to not produce a certain protein which protects and keeps the lungs functional. What are some ways to support people who suffer from this disease?


People with A1AD can help themselves with a few coping mechanisms, but being diagnosed is still extremely stressful and difficult. There are things that the general public can do to help support those who suffer with A1AD.


Four main things people can do to help are:

  1. Not smoke around people who have A1AD
  2. Ask how you can help with tasks, especially that requires physical exertion, if you can
  3. Don’t judge them for having supplemental oxygen, receiving weekly augmentation therapy infusions or any other treatments for their A1AD
  4. Be a listening ear if they are struggling with how to deal with their diagnosis and condition


For more articles and information on A1AD, please click here.


Samantha Bowick has a Master of Public Health degree from Liberty University. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Care Administration at Columbia Southern University. She is devoted to using her education and experiences to advocate for women who suffer with endometriosis and other chronic illnesses. She is the author of Living with Endometriosis. She currently lives in Aiken, South Carolina.

Marie H. Bowick has lived in Aiken, South Carolina her entire life, and was diagnosed with A1AD at 46 years old. She has been married for 27 years and is the mother of two daughters. She worked in manufacturing for 15 years and then became a caregiver to her mother, father, and youngest brother.