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Air We Breathe Campaign: Building Awareness at Physician Conferences


Laura Bowers took the Air We Breathe Campaign to three medical conferences this May, building LAM awareness with physicians who typically first witness LAM symptoms with their patients.

Physicians from all over the world attended the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) conference this May in San Diego, CA. At the conference, they had an opportunity to meet with Laura and learn how to access the LAM Treatment Guidelines published by the American Thoracic Society/Japanese Respiratory Society.

Then it was off to Orlando, FL, for a conference with the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM) where emergency room physicians gathered for their annual conference. Laura spent two days at the conference sharing her journey to finally receiving a LAM diagnosis. Laura hopes by sharing the LAM treatment guidelines, ER physicians will recognize LAM symptoms faster, offering needed treatment.

Then she met up with Sue Sherman, Anne McKenna and Katie Jenson from The LAM Foundation at the American Thoracic Society conference in Washington, DC. Respiratory medicine physicians, scientists and clinical researchers gather at this annual conference to learn about groundbreaking research in pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine. Laura was on the tradeshow floor once again, sharing her journey with LAM with researchers and clinicians.

We would like to thank the many women with LAM who helped Laura during these long hours at the conferences. In San Diego, Estella Wilson and LAM Liaison, Patricia Ortiz shared their journey with the many Ob/Gyn physicians who visited the booth. LAM Liaison, Jackie Carroll and her mother took the time out of their day to attend the booth with emergency medical physicians in Orlando. And in Washington, DC, LAMbassador Bronwyn Gray flew in from New Zealand to join Laura and take part in building LAM awareness.

You can share the Air We Breathe Campaign and the ATS LAM Guidelines with your Ob/Gyn or the emergency room physicians at your local hospital. Direct them to the website at www.thelamfoundation.org/airwebreathe.