At only five years old, Karen Skålvoll began her career in sports: She swam, ran, rode and liked to ride her bicycle. But already in her younger years she felt that she had to try harder than her peers. Karen suffers from alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, a congenital metabolic disease. It means that this enzyme is formed and released in error or in insufficient quantities.
Over the course of the disease there is an increased risk of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), especially in adults. When Karen received her diagnosis, the disease was already well advanced. Sitting back and giving up - not an option for Karen.