My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for VHL ALLIANCE, Boston, MA, USA
I was diagnosed when I was approximately 20 years old. I was in the Army, stationed in South Carolina and far from my family in California. I felt isolated, scared, and uncertain of what was going to happen to me. My mother had been diagnosed years before, and I had lived in fear of being diagnosed with the same disease. When my mother told me about the vhl alliance, I was skeptical, but pleasantly surprised once I signed up for the website. Having a rare disease is hard, especially when you are younger and have no idea what could happen. Everything seems worse than it really is, but the alliance helped me with my fears, and keeps me informed on the upcoming events and the advances in research. I have even given presentations at military bases to urge people to donate to the cancer research funds. I can't imagine going through a diagnosis and life without people like Joyce Graff and the vhl alliance.