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March 9, 2015
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March 9, 2015
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With the APS Foundation of America & the assistance of the staff, I would never be where I am today. For numerous years, I suffered Blood Clots, Seizures, Transient Ischemic Attacks, problems with thinking clearly, headaches/fatigue & other neurological symptoms such as dizziness & vertigo. My problem; I lacked an answer & a direction to my health issues. Unfortunately, numerous doctor doctor appointments with Specialists left me without any conclusive results, ending my journey to place a name to my ongoing issues. Stronger medication seemed like the only answer, leaving me with feelings of hopelessness. This process endangered my life & most importantly, my family. We suffered through financial issues as my health kept me from being competitive in the job market. We were losing faith until someone told me to check out this website.

What a difference maker! After a couple of calls with the Foundation's President, everything changed. We started placing names to associate my symptoms. We created a plan on how we should move forward & get the answers we need. We changed everything from local Doctors/Specialists I was currently seeing & changed them with specific Doctors/Specialists from a different location to give me a chance to find answers I have been searching for. The Foundation's President attended every doctor's appointment I had. After years of frustration & a lack of answers, it took less than 6 months to get the correct diagnosis to my ongoing health issues: APS.

The Foundation's President also helped with legal issues concerning both Long-Term Disability to Social Security Disability Insurance. With APS being a rare autoimmune disease, lawyers & judges were at a standstill how to move forward with both of my Disability cases. The Foundation's President spent numerous amount of time with APS information, how it affected me & how it would keep me from being competitive in the job market. Phone calls, e-mails, written testimony, you name it. She even served as my SSDI Representation!! In both disability cases, I was found credible & won, resulting being legally declared disabled. She was there for me from start to finish. My family will always be in debt to her.
March 5, 2015
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March 5, 2015
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APSFA has really helped me learn my disease. Many doctors that I have spoken with since I learned about my disorder know little-to-nothing of my condition, and many aren't willing to work with clients who have APS. Their Facebook page and Website have helped me understand my condition immensely. I'm glad to see that they work hard to find grants that will aid the study and treatment of APS and help to give information to the public, doctors, and patients. They regularly connect with people who have APS, and give far more information than many other sites who also focus on the disease, and have financial transparency along with a 501c3(a must for any organization who wants to raise awareness for a disorder like this). When I found out that I have APS, they were the website that gave me the information that I needed to get a handle on what I was reading. Thanks to APSFA, I now have a better understanding of APS and what I should look at in new doctors.
June 20, 2011
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June 20, 2011
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I was diagnosed w/APS 10 years ago. I've had multiple DVT's and PE. I've never been to a doctor that seemed interested in answering my questions and most of the info I have came from my own research. This disease is scary and I've never had anyone to discuss my fears or answer my questions until I found this page. For years I've felt like I was all alone in this as family and friends simply do not understand how devastating APS really is. Now I have a place to go for info and support. I'm suddenly not alone anymore.

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June 18, 2011
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June 18, 2011
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I was diagnosed with APS 2 yrs ago and am so lucky I found this organization on the web. The amount of information available is amazing and it's always growing. Doctors should be required to visit the website to better educate themselves! Then they would learn that APS has many symptoms. APS Foundation of America Inc also helps ease my frustrations by reading stories shared by other people with this disease. I'm so thankful for this foundation and all the amazing people that make it possible.

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This organization is like an online support group and has helped me in many ways.

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The only change I would make if I could.......would be to win the lottery and give 95% of it to this organization. I'd use the other 5% for my medical bills.

June 8, 2011

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June 8, 2011

About 2 years ago I was diagnosed with APS. Like others I had no idea what APS was . As I started to research what this illness that was I came across the APS foundation. Which truly has been a big help to me.Their website has great resources such as doctors that treat APS , articles and a newsletter with has lots of tips and stories of people that have APS. I'm so thankful for this foundation hearing some many stories about other people with APS has truly help me with dealing with APS.

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June 6, 2011

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June 6, 2011

I was diagnosed with APS October 2010. When I first learned of my diagnosis I was scared and confused. The first thing that I did when I got home was throw myself into the internet to learn everything I could about APS. I came across APS foundation of America, and I have to say it was a sigh a relief. There is so much helpful information and it was written in a way that whoever was reading could understand it. I love the fact that they have a facebook, and on that facebook are so many people that have APS and can relate. I dont ever feel uncomfortable posting a quetstion because the people that are on there know what I am going thru and will not look down on me. I am greatful for a organization, it helps me in many ways understand my diagnosis and my family can go onto the site and get more of a insight of what I am going thru. In many ways it is my outlet when I am going thru my "down days". I am truely greatful.

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I have met many people who are also diagnosed with APS, there is a sense of connection with people on there since they know what I am going thru.

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I wouldnt change a thing.

June 6, 2011

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June 6, 2011

I was diagnosed with APS in 2002. I had never heard of APS until then.
I started searching for information, the library, the internet. I began to understand what I had but found no one else with this disease.
Frustrated I searched the web looking for anyone who could understand and help
me.
Finally I came across the APS web site and learned that a few more people had this disease. APS has given me the support I need to go on. It has offered information on drugs, genetic research, and treatments for APS. It has helped my family understand the disease. I don't feel alone anymore!

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Dealing with family and friends. I reccommend it to everyone I meet. It helps others understand the disease

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

See that more advertising would be done. Most people (including some doctors) know very little about APS. TV campaign: 6 minutes, some health programs (Dr. OZ)

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Quite well

How did you find this group?

the internet

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

February 3, 2011

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February 3, 2011

I was diagnosed with APS in 2005. There were only a handful of physicians who knew about, let alone understood, the full impact this has on my life, and will have on my life, until my last day. Suffering with this not-well-known disease was difficult. I felt alone. I am thankful to have found the APS Foundation to have the support and resources to help me, my family, and even my employer, help understand this debilitating, silent, invisible disease.
As a patient, the support and understanding has helped my family and me better understand and cope with the sudden limitations placed on my life. The Foundation members are thoughtful, compassionate, educated, up-to-date, and have their "finger on the pulse," of any/all new updates we, as sufferers of this disease, need to know. Additionally, the APS Foundation is an excellent resource for any aspect of APS -- the patient or physician both can utilize. I am thankful for the foundation and its hard work and dedication to the sufferers and the cause.

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Being better able to cope with my diagnosis. Their counseling services and disease education helped my family understand the disease, and my limitations better. -- The same is true for my employer who was able to accommodate my "disability" by following my physician's recommendations. Without the APS Foundation, I would still be trying to convince my family and employer about my "invisible disease" and the limitations it places on me. With the APS Foundation's help, I am able to function in the world.

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Air a special on television: 20/20 and/or "60 Minutes." More media attention needs to happen. The more people who become aware, the easier it will be on those of us suffering from the disease. We "look" and "sound" "normal," the vast public needs to be educated about this disease. I would volunteer my story. It has tried to kill me twice, but I am still here!

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

On the internet.

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

To communicate with others suffering with the same disease, not to feel alone.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

January 24, 2011

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January 24, 2011

When my husband found out he had APS there was not a lot of information about it on the web. The APS foundation has not only been a great source of information, but because it's such a rare disease it's helped us not feel so alone.

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January 23, 2011

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January 23, 2011

I love being a part of this group. The support and information I have needed is always available through this group. The information is life saving for those who have to live with Anitphospholipid Antibody Syndrome.

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Provided my the necessary materials to leave in Drs offices. Also had the needed information to argue a treatment with my care givers.

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help with answering questions on the our support forums. You could also write a more cited technical article for our newsletter that could also be published in various places. You could also write and produce a YouTube video for the APS. You could also attend a conference, set up a booth for us at a session that the APSFA was invited to attend. Volunteer