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In Need of Diagnosis

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Health

Mission: In Need Of Diagnosis, Inc. (INOD) is a resource center for those who suffer with illnesses that have eluded diagnosis. INOD advocates for medical protocols that increase the accuracy and timeliness of diagnoses.

Target demographics: all individuals

Direct beneficiaries per year: 23589

Geographic areas served: International

Programs: research, support, advocacy, education and referral services to persons struggling with a undiagnosed medical condition.

Community Stories

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

So very impressed with this organization. It runs on a shoe string budget but reaches thousands every month. The support, empathy and information that is provided is remarkable. Being in the industry I know how difficult it is to get donations and keep moving forward when you don't "give financial help to others" but I can recognize true helpfulness and dedication when I see it!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Provides hope and resources for those not having a specific diagnosis for potentially life threatening diseases. Thinks "outside the box" for clients. Ridiculously underfunded for the services being provided internationally. Efficiently and effective in the provision of services. Always provides responses to clients.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have known Marianne Genetti professionally for more than seven years. I found her to be bright, compassionate and more than willing to help others find answers to their medical mysteries. INOD is a beacon of light for those lost in the complex, emotionally charged darkness one can feel when there is no adequate diagnosis, and thereby, no adequate treatment. I would love to see INOD supported generously and enable it to expand its reach to help those of us in need of diagnosis. Tomorrow, it could be me or you.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

It seems the more rapidly medical science advances, the more difficult it is to find the health information we need – for ourselves and for those we love. That’s where In Need of Diagnosis, Inc. (INOD) comes in. Today’s healthcare system, as we all know, is largely driven by health insurance. Do we have it? Does it cover the problems we are experiencing? Is there a better approach to the set of symptoms we are presenting? Where do we live? What is the experience of our primary care physician? Is there a family history of what ails us? What about all the media coverage on vitamins, exercise, living longer (and better)? Are our health expectations reasonable? Perhaps we need a fresh set of eyes. Perhaps we need INOD! INOD doesn’t diagnose or treat. INOD listens. And from that listening comes a ‘pattern’ . . . . . a possible new approach . . . . . a simple lab test that might have been overlooked . . . . a syndrome NIH would like to hear about . . . . . new research studies being undertaken by this or that clinic or research facility . . . . . symptoms “sound like” the Alzheimer’s Assn, Muscular Dystrophy, or other specialized non-profit who might help. In other words, a kind of medical information clearinghouse – and here’s the important part – with a real human-being interface. At INOD there is someone who will LISTEN. Marianne Genetti is the founder and current executive director of INOD. She herself suffers from an undiagnosed syndrome. She knows the pain and frustration of trying to make her legs carry her. Like all sufferers of chronic, disabling conditions, she may not be able to find a label – a “diagnosis,” if you will – for her own illness. Now a senior herself, she uses all the knowledge, contacts and expertise she has gained to help others with their search. If not for a diagnosis, or even a cure, then for large and small ways of coping. For Marianne and INOD, the life’s journey has purpose in helping others. To continue its work, INOD needs financial support and volunteers. Please contact www.INOD.org or call 888-894-9190 in Orlando, FL

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

i never really thought much about problems with diagnosis that is until I found myself labeled as "undiagnosed". My symptoms did not fit the traditional model my physicians were most familiar with. So they could not name a disease nor give me drugs for it. Fortunately for me I finally found a physician who would listen to my story and correctly diagnosed me. But many others do not a ending to their story. INOD fills a void in our current illness care system by identifying the problems of specialization and advocating for individuals. The goals and objectives of INOD not only seek to improve the condition of individuals but of the healthcare system in general. The leaders of INOD are to be commended on their work.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As healthcare in the United States becomes more and more difficult to access, more mistakes are being made, and patients are suffering. Patients need to have more information than ever, and partiicpate in order to participate in their own medical decision-making. INOD, through Marianne Genetti, provides the right information at the right time, helping patients make those decisions, therefore making sure their healthcare is more accurately and effectively delivered.