Us TOO International, Inc.
July 1, 2012
The Us TOO organization is top-notch from President and CEO Tom Kirk right down to the local group facilitators. I've been volunteering with Us TOO since 2004. If anyone wants prostate cancer information, this is the place to go. The Us TOO International website is full of important information and the local groups make it possible to communicate with actual prostate cancer survivors. Need to find a group? Simply go to www.ustoo.org and click on "Find a Support Group Chapter Near You." To read the stories of prostate cancer survivors and the decisions they faced (and made), go to www.ustooflorence.org.
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Us TOO International, Inc.
June 28, 2011
I have been leading the Us TOO Florence, Oregon Chapter for seven years, ever since we became part of Us TOO International in 2004. This was after my initial treatment for prostate cancer and about mid-way between my secondary treatment for recurrence. My group benefited immediately from Us TOO's HOTSHEET, 8 pages of the latest in prostate cancer research and information. I personally benefited from the same information as we watched my PSA bounce around before beginning a very slow, but steady, rise. Keeping up with the latest research not only helped me, but others in the chapter who had their own needs. Another benefit with Us TOO affiliation is its Chapter Leader section on its website. This is full of valuable information for those of us who are dealing with men at ground level. The website is also filled with timely information that is easy to find and access for chapter members. To share the good things happening in different chapters, Terri puts out a terrific Chapter News that is full of those ideas and activities. I am really pleased with the support Us TOO International provides for chapter members and its chapter leaders.
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I have seen first hand the relief that newly diagnosed men get during their very first meeting with us. I credit Us TOO's information and the sharing of prostate cancer experiences by men during the meetings as helping with that. Of course, it doesn't hurt that we have a urologist who meets with us on a regular basis. We have Us TOO's information, the sharing of personal experiences and a urologist to put it all together and make sense of it for us.
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Information-wise, I think Us TOO International is right on top. The only "wish" I have is that somehow local chapters would be covered under an umbrella liability insurance policy from Us TOO International. Right now, we are responsible for getting our own.
Volunteer & I was (still am) an Us TOO Chapter Leader.