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Patient Voices

Patient Voices
The current issue is “Patient Voices 12: Mental and Emotional Health of Patients and Families”

Published annually in the fall, the “Patient Voices” series highlights 15-20 patient stories from the ATS International Conference. These inspiring patients present at educational sessions to explain their disease-related experiences to health care professionals and scientists. Their goal is to put a face to their diagnosis, providing an intimate look into the disease’s impact on their daily lives. Their stories include accounts of misdiagnosis and struggle, of heartbreak and hope – in their own words.

Miracle Baby Abria’s Growth Despite COPD

Sarcoidosis: Sisters Garrie & Sharon’s Very Different Journey

“Cystic Fibrosis: Kids Would Tease Me About My Cough”

It includes stories about living with asthma, bronchiectasis, bronchiolitis, cystic fibrosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), scleroderma, sarcoidosis, and sleep apnea.

To receive a complimentary printed copy, please email Nusrat Aparna, MPH at


This publication includes stories of lung disease patients as told to the American Thoracic Society by the patients or their representatives. The views expressed in these stories do not reflect those of the ATS. The ATS makes no claim as to the efficacy of treatments, veracity of diagnoses, or competency of any physician or medical institution referenced herein.

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