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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 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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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

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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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

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

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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Information

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

None

January 22, 2011

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January 22, 2011

I was diagnosed with this rare blood disorder a little over 20 years ago. Because it is rare, it is difficult to easily find reliable information or to meet people who share this same diagnosis. Through this organization's online community, I have learned more about my illness and gained friends that are able to offer support/advice when I am having challenges.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

In receiving a minimum of weekly postings from their Director, Tina Pohlman.

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

hope to see it continue to grow in staff and services.

June 16, 2010

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June 16, 2010

The APSFA has been a great support to me and my family. I have learned more from their website, support forum and information packet they sent from me. I have found the staff to be super friendly and really caring about me. They have helped me a lot. I love that they send their newsletter out by email for free. Those are always informative and many of their medical advisers write in them everytime. Their articles are cited and my doctors have used the references to help me get better care. Words can not explain how much they have helped me. Thank you!

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the great service they have provided and excellent information and caring they have provided. I thank them for my life.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

everyone is so honest, friendly and helpful and everything is cited. My doctors really take their information seriously.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

the staff will go out of their way to help you to answer your questions and are willing to send you information to bring to your doctors.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

run a large campaign educating the public & medical professionals.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 5, 2010

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June 5, 2010

I was just recently diagnosed with APS and like many people before me, came to the internet looking for and finding the answers to many of my questions at this web site. If it wasn't for all the many wonderful people whom were there to chat with, who understood and know the pain and confusion that accompanies this disease,I am not sure what I would have done. So I thank you APS Foundation for being there for me.

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That they where there for me. From the personilised greeting to any time I just need to vent, or need answers to my many questions.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 4, 2010

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June 4, 2010

I was diagnosed 3 yrs ago with this disease due to dvts in both my legs and a clot in my arm. My docs took so much blood from me over a week doing test after test and found that I have APS. I didn't understand the severity of what I have. My docs didn't know that much about it. So i had to result to the internet to find out more about this disease. They were one first website and went to it. I found so much information and was able to get more answers that I was able to teach my docs something. I took in articles in so they could learn how to treat me. I am not a Leper and thats how the docs made me feel. I also learned not to have fingerstick blood test for the blood thinner i was on. And to seek a rheumi to get more answers. For the people who run this organization I give them alot of credit for giving info that saved my life. If it wern't for them I would probably be dead and buried right now. Thankyou Aps foundation of America. Keep up the good work and keep it going and save more people like me.

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MY LIEF

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

no they are doing such good work Keep it up

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

when I joined their forum. The people are so nice and helpful and care

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Awesome

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help get the cure going for this disease

Ways to make it better...

why chane

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

nothing

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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