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alisa.brenes

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Review for Lungevity Foundation, Chicago, IL, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2000, 3 months after my mom died of lung cancer. It was before the internet boom and I felt so alone and scared. I was a single mom with 10 year old twin boys and no family around. Within about 6 months of my diagnosis, I started becoming familiar with the world wide web, but there was very little to nothing on lung cancer.

Then I found LUNGevity. I was no longer alone. I now have a community, a family. LUNGevity's site is comprehensive and the message board is a life saver to me.

The support from LUNGevity, has been a lifeline to me. Not only does one get emotional support, but we learn more about different protocols from each other than the doctors!

I think one of the most powerful events LUNGevity sponsors is the annual HOPE SUMMIT. There is so much emotion and support for one another. Words cannot describe what it is like to be able to be yourself, your "cancer self" for one whole weekend.

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2015

Role:  Client Served
 

Review for Lungevity Foundation, Chicago, IL, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

My biggest challenge has been dealing with the anxiety of leaving my sons without me. I am a single mom and my sons have no other relatives that could be in their lives if something should happen to me. Also, I was diagnosed with LC a few months after my mom passed from the same LC. My children were young and with me while I was taking care of her and we watched her waste away and die. A few months later I was diagnosed and the hardest thing was for me to tell my sons I had cancer too. They were 10 years old (I have twin boys) and I had to go to the hospital for a week, recuperate from surgery and then have chemo treatments, so I knew I would have to be honest and talk with them. It was so hard. I had no one to turn to who really understood. And then I found LUNGevity. The support from LUNGevity, has been a lifeline to me. Not only does one get emotional support, but we learn more about different protocols from each other than the doctors! Also, spends more dollars on research for a cure than other organizations. I think one of the most powerful events LUNGevity sponsors is the annual HOPE SUMMIT. There is so much emotion and support for one another. Words cannot describe what it is like to be able to be yourself, your "cancer self" for one whole weekend.

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Role:  Client Served