If it wasn't for this group, my family would not have made the contact with the doctors we needed to find relief for our symptoms. Our family has a very rare form of hereditary amyloidosis. After attending the Chicago meeting in 2013, we came away with far more information than we anticipated. This put us on a path for getting the help we needed. And, we have been glad to pass along any new information we learn through the support group.
I attended my first support mtg in Chicago last week end; it was excellent & very informative. Plenty of time with doctors for questions & everyone was so nice! Reading materials good too! A sincere thank you for all involved & the support.
My daughter (who has amyloidosis) and I attended our third support meeting in Woodale, IL and again found it very helpful and informative. This was the first with Dr. Gerts from Mayo and the second with Dr. Abonour from Indiana. Both answered all the questions we had, both during the presentation/question session and one-on-one with Dr.Abonour. Since we are both more familiar with this disease and its problems, we were able to absorb more info. As usual Muriel Finkel did a top-notch job facilitating the meeting. Thank you, Muriel. This is a superb way to be able to hear other peoples' experiences and learn all the latest from the experts. Looking forward to the next meeting in June. People and caregivers please avail yourselves of the opportunity of attending, if you are able, as you will learn more than you will by just reading about this disease and can get answers from the experts in this rare disease. Thank you again for having these support meetings.
Fantastic e-newsletter. The language used is easily understandable and keeps us well informed. Keep it up!
The ASG website is the most complete resource and support for people with any variety of amyloidosis. From early symptoms to diagnosis to treatment centers, patients are guided through the frightening maze that they are thrust into when this rare debilitating disease strikes. In 25 cities, twice a year, ASG brings together expert doctors in the field, area patients, caregivers, and researchers to answer questions, get cutting edge information, learn about drug trials, and give each other sustenance. There is no other group that offers such total commitment to support each individual patient in his struggle.
I would describe the Amyloidosis Support Group, Inc. as a GPS thru a terrible neighborhood on a stormy night and you have no idea where you need to go. The information about this disease has been limited and dated on the internet. My Doctors studied 15 minutes on the chapter called Amyloidosis. I have 20 minute office visits with my Doctors for questions and treatment plans. If I didn't have this support group to go too for answers and directions I don't know what I would have done. Questions don't come from 9-5, they come at 2 in the morning when you can't sleep and you are scared, but somehow, someone is on the end of a keyboard to answer, support and guide you thru some scary thoughts, ideas and road bumps ahead. Now you go back to sleep only to wonder if the treatment you are receiving is the best and what are these side effects I keep having. Again, at the end of a keyboard someone is waiting to tell you; "to be strong it gets easier", "I've had that side effect it will go away" or "call your Doc that doesn't make any sense". Guidance and direction when you need it most. I cannot thank them enough and they will never know how much they have lifted me up. Sometimes I just read what others are going thru and know that I am not alone. Sometimes I share and hope and pray it makes them feel better in their battle, but either way I am stronger and better educated for having joined this group.
Thank you to Amyloidosis Support Group, Inc. for all that you do!
Muriel Finkel of the Amyloidosis support group was the only person that understood my illness. She recommended that I visit the Mayo Clinic as no one in the medical field in Colorado Springs could figure out what my illness was, let alone how to help me. I've been given access to many doctors as the support group visits my area twice a year. I can not say enough for the personnel support and guidance I get from Muriel. I've never met anyone that treat each of the hundreds of Amyloidosis patients as if we are the her best friend. She just has the Biggest Heart. I am blessed to have her.
In 2007 right after my husband was diagnosed with AL Amyloidosis I somehow found Muriel Finkle, founder and head of the Amyloidosis Support Group (ASG). Muriel had THE answer we needed, steering us to Dr. David Seldin at the Boston University Amyloidosis Medical Center who saved my husband's life with a Stem Cell Transplant in 2008 (he's still in Complete Response).
ASG is a fount of knowledge and support----Highly Recommended.
This support group been a great wealth of current and accurate information associated with Amyloidosis. With the knowledge and support that is being transmitted through this network, it has helped tremendously in increasing what questions to ask and a better understand of this awful disorder. The information passed along is indispensable. The support group meetings that I have attended are well worth the time and effort. Have to do a shout out to Elinda and Michael for their efforts for the Philadelphia support group meetings.
Keep up the good work Muriel!!!!!!!! Kudos to your leadership.
Thank you so much,
This is an excellent resource for people who have been diagnosed with the rare disease Amyloidosis. ASG provides a wealth of information and support through their website, by phone, and in meetings at locations throughout the US. They've published a very clear overview brochure on Amyloidosis, available on the website.
My husband was diagnosed and treated over 6 years ago, and this has been an invaluable resource for us. Also, I've met many people in my volunteer work at the Amyloid clinic at Boston Medical Center who say that they've been helped immeasurably by ASG.
this is a well run, total volunteer agency, that provides face to face support to patients, caregivers, family and friends who deal with this insidious disease (25 cities/66 meetings)......also with one call to the 24 hr hot line or with a click of a mouse on their web site map the patient can be directed to hospitals and drs who are skilled in treating amyloidosis. As with any illness early diagnosis and treatment is critical........volunteer turnover is near zero which shows the dedication of its none paid helpers
At the end of a support group meeting, patients as well as caregivers come up to me and thank me for this support group. Prior to this group, misinformation regarding the survivor rates and treatment of amyloidosis was astounding. This group has distributed the most up to date research from the best amyloidosis centers. The knowledge and education that this group provides is invaluable to an amyloidosis patient/caregiver making their healthcare decision. Without this group's input, this disease would still be considered fatal instead of treatable.
My husband was diagnosed with AL Amyloidosis and Multiple Myeloma in March 2014. That same week our son found the Amyloidosis Support Groups' webpage. He emailed Muriel Finkle and also spoke with Kay Rowley. They encouraged him to attend the Portland meeting, which was two days later. Our two sons and I attended that meeting, and it changed the course of my husband's life. Not only were we welcomed by Kay and Muriel, but we also met the oncologist and cardiologist who would in a short time save his life.
ASG through Muriel and Kay keeps our family abreast with all the latest happenings in the world of Amyloidosis. We feel their love and support and know that we are not alone. This time when our family attends the Portland ASG meeting on May 2, my husband will be with us. Thank you, ASG, for helping to save his life. We are grateful.
A family oriented group. Muriel Finkel is an exceptional person whom is available 24/7 to give support and educational advises. She has given us and others care givers and patients the help and support that beyond words can express
WOW!!! i am so HAPPY to see you are still doing this. When Frank Burden was there in Feb 2013 and couldnt get out the support totally lifted his SPIRITS. I would love to Help in which ever way i could in honor of him
Thank You Muriel and all those that were there
Carol Johnson Burden
I'm not sure I can find the words to express my appreciation for ASG. I reached out the the group a few years ago, when my father was first found to have familial amyloidosis. Our family was just THROWN! He was the first to be diagnosed, and no one could make any sense of what was going on. I reached out to ASG on a whim, to just find someone --- anyone -- who could understand. Instantly, you no longer feel alone. The facilitator, Muriel, and the participants respond quickly and with compassion. They are open to share knowledge (and they have a TON of clinical and practical/real-life knowledge). They create a sense of support and empowerment, and do so without pity.
Recently, I have started to lean on ASG again as I was experiencing some scary amyloidosis-like symptoms. I wanted to get tested, but didn't know how. ASG told me how ... within the hour. Folks from Mayo and Boston were offering to help. (Yes, within the HOUR!). Then I tested positive for the gene. The first thing I did was reach out to Muriel to get a plan. I knew she, and the other ASG folks, would be able to talk me off the ledge and EMPOWER me with up-to-the-minute information and support.
There are real people and real experts behind ASG. And you can feel their desire to change the game. When their literature says "to some day turn this disease into a mere nuisance" (or something to that effect :) they mean it. To the core.
Unfortunately, my dad's journey was confusing and sad, and often filled with deep feelings of helplessness. But I truly believe my journey will be different ... thanks in large part to ASG. They got me off to the best start possible. And for that I am truly, truly grateful.
The ASG is a clearinghouse of information. For patients and caregivers this is the site to be on. Muriel Finkle and other support staff members around the country are nothing but angels without wings. As a patient… I am so grateful for all they do.
After a year of tests for increasing ALP level, my husband was diagnosed with AL Amyloidosis in 2012. We found the phone number for this support group online and Muriel answered the phone one Sunday afternoon. She was very confident, knowledgeable, and backed up everything with thorough studies and reports. We are so thankful for all her help and care and great advice for healing treatment at Boston University Medical Center. While receiving his stem cell transplant and high dosage chemo , we attended the weekly support group meetings in the clinic and received so much encouragement and information.
Thank you so very much.
Keep up the labor of love!!
I was recently diagnosed with Amyloidosis, and didn't have a clue where to turn to get more information about treatment, etc.. Fortunately I found the Amyloidosis Support Group website, which put me in touch with the amazing work that this group is doing. It provides great information, feed-back, and support sessions for those of us with this disease. Can't say enough good things about the work of two ladies
who are dedicated to this cause -- Muriel Finkel and Kay Rowley. Any question I have is answered promptly. I have attended one support group session -- in Arizona -- that was a wonderful way to 'network' with other Amyloidosis patients. I am looking forward to attending another one in the Seattle area in September. Can't say enough good things about this organization!!!
It is wonderful to have a place to go and get questions answered. This has been a remarkable resource and comfort. I especially want to say that Muriel Finkel and Kay Rowley have been a God send and are in constant communication with us to get information to us about Familial Amyloid meetings that we needed to go to and trial information for us to check out and participate in. My husband has Familial Amyloids, as does his brother, a sister and one to be checked. His Mother and her 3 brothers also passed from this disease. He has cousins that are also afflicted. We have 3 sons that we were also worried about, but with the trials that are going on at this time, I think they will have a chance at health in the very near future.