Nothing but praise for this organization. As a stage IIIC survivor for 8 yrs. My husband called Catherine in the middle of the night looking for answers and was treated with kindness and respect.
When I recurred at my 3 yr mark she was one of the first people I called. She was more knowledgeable about some of the trials than my own doctors. She was always willing to search for answers from one of the advisory board drs if she was unable to answer a question herself.
We really feel she was our guardian angel.
I started out as a client served. My husband found this great organization almost 4yrs ago while desperately searching for answers after receiving my stage IIIC diagnosis. Catherine spent many hours on the phone with us during our most difficult times and offered us accurate information and much needed support. I became involved in the forums when she started them, and have watched them grow into a place where people come from all over the world for support and accurate information. Although I'm currently doing well, she was the first person I turned to when I had my recur last summer. I know she works hard to keep informed of the latest developments. Great Job MIF! Shirley Z
My sister has been fighting melanoma for many years. She is a highly intelligent nurse practitioner and her husband is a doctor. They have made it their life's work to investigate treatments for this disease and pass that information on to those in need. She does that through a blog and also through forums such as MIF. If she notices an inaccurate statement concerning these treatments, she will address it with the assumption that others share her concerns. However, the founder of this site apparently does not agree with this premise. In fact, she appears to have ulterior motives. My sister corrected a grossly inaccurate statement made by the founder about the success rate of one treatment option. Instead of being appreciative that this mistake could be corrected, the founder of this site was extremely rude. This is not the first time she treated my sister poorly on this site. I made a post expressing my disappointment. This post was promptly removed and I was "banned for life" from the site. She also removed an entire thread soliciting reviews for this site. I do not feel that the founder has other's best interest at heart.
Thank you Catherine Poole and MIF. You are an invaluable resource for all melanoma patients, Stages I through IV. The support provided by the forum is wonderful and the information Catherine and her board provides is the most up to date information a melanoma patient can hope for.
15 months ago, I was diagnosed with Stage IIIc melanoma. After speaking with various doctors and melanoma specialists, I found MIF and Catherine Poole. What a godsend! This resource has been invaluable to me and my family for advice, support, and guidance. I wish I could give it 10 stars.
I was diagnosed with a melanoma on my cheek just a year ago this coming week. As I did my research on the Internet I came across the melanoma international foundation and Catherine Poole. They helped me find the right doctor and gave me great advice in dealing with my treatment. I had a successful surgery and one year later I am doing great and feeling great. Melanoma international foundation helped me get thru a difficult time.
The MIF Online Forum was a great help to me by providing accurate information and emotional support when I was first diagnosed with melanoma. The site is very well moderated. Members are free to speculate about treatments, but misinformation is never allowed to remain on the site. It's a supportive, safe environment and I am certain it has actually saved a number of lives via the accurate info-sharing it facilitates. Kudos to MIF for hosting this excellent and essential forum!
During my biopsies and treatment period IMF was very helpful and informItive.
I want to thank them for their time in answering my questions.
I was diagnosed in 2011 with stage IV unkown primary. The information I was reading was devastating on line until I found this website. It gave me hope and knowledge. Anytime I am feeling overwhelmed I get reassurance that I am doing the right things and the most up to date therapies etc. Thank you for giving this mom of 4 boys hope!
MIF rocks! The site contains info on incredibly Cutting edge treatments, trials, and resources. The knowledgable, caring and supportive advisors and moderator are phenomenal. There is even a separate forum for care givers. The comraderie is outstanding.
I am so blessed to have discovered MIF. I am a caregiver and found their forum board to be an active wealth of information. and, Catherine Poole is always so prompt to point people in the right direction to get answers if they can't find answers there on the forum. Catherine gave me the contact information and informed me about a clinical trial for my partner who was going down hill quickly and my partner's own melanoma specialist didn't even know where trials were. Within a few weeks she was on the trial and has been doing so much better. I feel this is one non profit that is large enough to be helpful, but has kept true to its mission in that they are attentive to the individual. They are personable, caring, professional and you really feel like you have an advocate. I can't describe what a difference MIF has made in our journey.