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July 31, 2009

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July 31, 2009

1992-1993 Breast Cancer - Mastectomy on Left side 1995-1996 Basal Cell Carcenoma 1998 - Neuroendocrine carcinoid cancer - surgery 2007 - Neuroendocrine carcinoid cancer - surgery 3

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

Companionship, sharing, advice, support

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

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

the camaraderie

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

excellent

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

help more people, add more programs

Ways to make it better...

nothing could be better

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

financial

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 31, 2009

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July 31, 2009

I joined the Wellness Community during my third month of chemo. They provided loving, emotional support I desparately needed as I struggled to me a mom of three infants (1, 2, and 3 years old). There is no price for the value they provided and I continue to be part of the group as I struggle with recovery and the fear of recurrence. When treatment is over, the pain sets in as does the reality of dealing with cancer and treatment for the rest of your life.

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

the number of lives touched and the way individuals are given strength to fight for the treatment they deserve.

Ways to make it better...

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

more aggressively advertise the services that are available to local businesses and residents.

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

the variety of classes and educational and emotional opportunities they provide.

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

compassionate, loving, and inspirational.

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

change the lives of many more people (and their families) that are affected by cancer everyday.

Ways to make it better...

I knew about the organization earlier. I originally thought it was only for people who were dieing. I didn't realize people in treatment need support.

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

financial. There is a price for everything and during economic times it is difficult for businesses and people to be too generous.

One thing I'd also say is that...

There is no price tag for the support I have received from the wellness community. They give me hope and inspiration weekly that gives me the strength to do all that I have to do to recover and offer hope to others.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 30, 2009

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July 30, 2009

I came to The Wellness Community after my treatment for breast cancer. I was in the first group of women who completed their treatment in the past year. We met for 8 weeks, twice a week, and had great speakers, did yoga. I learned so much about the disease, nutrition and made great friends.

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

Very caring, always happy, always there for you. I also know I have a place to come to. Very reassuring.

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

incredible, fabulous

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

help people in more areas

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 25, 2009

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July 25, 2009

My husband Mark was diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer in December, 2003. At that time, the doctors told us the average life expectancy with this type of tumor was 18 months. We went to a brain tumor support group at the Wellness Community, and Mark found hope there. He met with many others who were just like him, and they had beaten the odds and were living meaningful lives. It changed Mark's perspective completely, and he has been LIVING LIFE and LOVING IT for five and a half years since his diagnosis. There have been bumps in the road, but he tries to make every day a good day, and having our friends from the support group hold us up during the tough times makes a difference. The caregiver's group has also helped me cope and comforted me in my times of need. I have volunteered for many Wellness events; it is a fantastic organization. I am so proud of Mark, and now HE is the one giving hope and inspiration to newly diagnosed members of our group. We love you, Wellness Community!

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

my husband's recovery.

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

meeeting wonderful friends and making a difference in lives.

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

awesome!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 25, 2009

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July 25, 2009

My sister recebtly passed away from lung cancer. The Wellness Community was extremely helpful in helping me to cope with what was happening with my sister and meet with people who were experienceing the same feelings as I was. I atteneded some of the workshops offered and went to a few events. I would encourage anyone needing some support to try the Wellness Community. The people there are incredible!!!

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

Every person who has attended the support group more than one time.

Ways to make it better...

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

set up in hospital or clinic visitations.

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

the people involved with each group or event.

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

wonderful! KIND and compassionate.

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

reach everyone and help find a cure for this horrible disease.

Ways to make it better...

more people were willing to come and help themselves and others.

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

need, Money is always an issue.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I HATE cancer. I'm thankful for the Wellness Commiunity.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 24, 2009

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July 24, 2009

AS soon as my cancer was stable and I had the energy to attend the orientation, my husband and I went. The opportunities for each of us to find our balance through attending the partners weekly workshop helped us voice our concerns and fears with our peers. Things we couldn't say to each other were voiced in a safe environment and answers were received to make our journey more palitable. After a few years I stopped attending, but kept in touch though special events like the Survivors Bar-b-Q and Mindful Meditation Classes. When my cancer metasticized, as it sometimes does, I returned to attend a Women's Weekly Workshop, now, near my home as the Wellness Community expanded their services. I am renewed by the Spiritual Chemotherapy given so freely by my sister Survivors each week. We share our experience, we laugh, we cry and we are there for each other. I am so blessed, we all are, by the existance of The Wellness Community.

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

The relief in knowing someone has walked this path before me and survived.

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

How each representative of the Wellness Community eagerly welcomes you and responds to my questions. I've loved attending the Humor Nights, the make-up sessions, trying on different make-up to mask my pallor and the lectures by well known doctors.

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

kind and helpful and always there for you.

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

Create and staff many satalites.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 24, 2009

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July 24, 2009

April 2008, just 3 days after I was diagnosed with HER2+ breast cancer, my husband and I walked through the doors of The Wellness Community, Valley/Ventura (TWCVV). How was I going to tell my family, my friends, my two small children? I knew I wanted answeres, but only from someone I knew could relate "first hand" to what I was going through. I knew the fight for my life was just begginning. "Fear" was a fight all in itself. TWCVV was somewhere I could go to share how I was feeling and get insight, advice, and knowledge from others that already traveled the road I was just begginning. So with my new found strength and unexpected friendships I was able to take charge of my fears and begin my jouney. Every Wednesday night when I walk through those doors to meet with the gang (support group), I feel an instant and overwhelming sense of comfort and relief. I feel safe. There I can speak freely of my fears and concerns and not be judged. Living with cancer is not only physically and emotionally depleating, but financially depleating as well. The center offers not only support groups, but other activities such as Tai Chi, Yoga, Watercolor, Guided Imagery, Expressive Writing, and many others, all at no charge to the participants. Medical and Surgical Oncologists, Reconstructive Surgeons, Nutritionists, Acupuncturists and Stress reduction Specialists are just a few of the very informative speakers they have invited to speak to participants. And because laughter sometimes really is the best medicine, my family and I have had the pleasure of attending "Comedy Night", the second Monday of every month. TWCVV assists with all that is jeopardized with a cancer diagnosis, the Body, Mind and Spirit.

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

Helping to take some of the fear out of upcoming procedures and treatments and lifting the spirits of those effected by cancer, including friends and family members.

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

the ability to help others, as they have helped me, and participate in some of the out-reach events, speaking on behalf of TWCVV.

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

Amazing. Compassionate, genuine, respectful and professional, and always have a welcoming smile.

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

have more out-reach programs. They could expand existing branches and retrofit thier infrastructure to accomidate more individuals in need.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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