My Father has Stage IV malignant Melanoma and for the past two years I have been coming to Melanoma International Foundation for help understanding the Doctor's statements, resources available, new ideas for treatments..etc
Melanoma International Foundation's community and its founder Catherine Poole have been amazing and I am really glad that I can go there for help and support. Thank you from the bottom of my heart
In April 2009 my sister suffered a large bleed on her brain. A tissue sample taken during evacuation of the blood indicated melanoma. She was advised by her oncologist that there was no effective treatment and that it was hopeless. We were devastated. We never had known anyone with melanoma; in fact we knew nothing about melanoma. I moved from Washington DC to Dallas where my sister lived so I could be with her . I assumed the role of advocate and desperately tried to educate myself and find help for my sister. Eventually I found Melanoma International. Thru their webinars I learned about treatment options, what tests to ask for, and what clinical trials were available. In their forums, I connected with other families and patients fighting this terrible disease. They reached out to me with information and encouragement. They helped me thru a terrible time. Unfortunately my sister died 9 months after her diagnosis. I regret that I did not know about Melanoma International sooner; we would have pursued a different course of treatment and perhaps my sister would have survived.
At age 60 I was diagnosed with a stage 2 melanoma on the back of my neck. It threw me into a depression and anxiety I had rarely experienced in my life. I was being passed from one physician to the other in a HMO system and couldn't seem to get control of what was happening to me. I reached out to my friends on the forum and they were there for me. I benefited greatly from them through my surgery and that horrible wait to get the final results. I still gain from the site even though I am now three months from my surgery. They played a significant role in my life through this crisis.
I found MIF soon after the "big C" came in to my life, during the time I was absolutely overwhelmed with the task of educating myself - and my family and friends - about the impact of melanoma on my life. From my first visit to their website I was impressed with the professional, level-headed information and knew I had found a trusted resource. I read everything and talked to everyone, however I always counted on returning to MIF for reliable and realistic information. When I needed to locate a new doctor after relocating across the country, their forum was invaluable. When I sink into self-doubt and fear starts to creep into my life again, I turn to MIF for clarification, inspiration and the feeling of support that can only come from fellow melanoma survivors. Recently I have been appreciative of being able to stay connected with the latest news about melanoma through Facebook. In short, I consider MIF to be the leader in melanoma support and education! Thank you!
Recently I was seeking urgent advice trying to understand and source treatment options for my brother who had Melanoma Stage 4. Sadly he died in January. At the time however, Catherine Poole was amazingly responsive and helpful. She was full of suggestions for treatments I could look into and the hospitals that offered them. I was most impressed and grateful to Catherine for helping me.
I am a man living with melanoma. This is the best place to get support and keep up with the very latest information. I am greatful for their efforts.
My father was diagnosed with Melanoma in early 2009 in China. As Melanoma is relatively rare disease in China, few doctors and pateint communities know about this disease not to mention the effective treatments. We felt very powerless, confused and helpless at the beginning. We turned to Melanoma International Foundation founder Katherine Poole for help after reading about her book about Melanoma in China. Katherine and her foundation community are very kind and helpful. They offer valuable information, provide guidance, even go to the great length to educate doctors in China about the pros and cons of various treatment options. Their help and online service really enpower the patients in China and around the world.
Melanoma Survivor-Stage 3. I have turned to MIF many times for information and I have found that their Web site is the most accurate and up to date. Their hosted bulletin board allows you to connect with other patients and caregivers while still providing accurate information.
This organization provides much needed support and informationthat otherwise would not be found. They are wonderful.