I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004. Of course, I had the mastectomies and chemo and I survived all that, only to find that I was left with a body that didn't even seem human anymore. I was glad to be cancer free, but facing the mutilation every single day was much harder to deal with. No matter how hard I tried to be positive and happy, I still had to look at myself every single day. The depression caused me to gain weight, and I began to withdraw from everyone. I went to work and then home. It's not life, it's just surviving. I had given up on ever having a normal life when a friend told me about My Hope Chest. Just hearing about them caused a tiny light to shine at the end of a long, dark tunnel. I signed up and as I worked with them to get all the paperwork in order, the light got a little brighter. On April 25th, 2012 (yes - I remember that date and always will) I got a call that I was to see a doctor about my reconstruction. The light got a whole lot brighter. I am currently in the process of reconstruction (what a miracle to see what is possible and what skills these doctors have!) and everything seems brighter. The doctor is wonderful and is so caring. Ever step is explained and he makes sure I understand and listens to my feedback. As far as working with the organization itself, their role in my life doesn't stop there. I get phone calls and emails at least once a week to check on my progress and see if there is anything they can do for me. Needless to say. my attitude about myself is changing. I don't hate myself anymore and I am now looking forward to every day instead of dreading it. It has renewed my faith in God that I have been fortunate enough to deal with this group of people and I thank Him that they exist!
My Hope Chest is a charity that touches more lives that just the women that are being helped. It touches their family and friends. It touches the men in their lives too...brothers, fathers, husbands, boyfriends, uncles and more. I am honored to be a part of helping this charity to complete it's mission.
There are numerous "pink ribbon" charities focusing on breast cancer awareness. But My Hope Chest is the only national non profit focusing solely on breast reconstruction for the uninsured breast cancer survivor. They provide the final step in breast cancer treatment.
There are thousands of women without insurance living without one or both of their breasts. My Hope Chest goal is to see that no woman has to.
My Hope Chest funds breast reconstruction--something not covered by Susan G Komen and other breast cancer awareness programs. With si many women without health insurance, breast construction is not a possibility.
My Hope Chest needs national exposure to meet their client needs. Please support them today.
My Hope Chest is the Only national non-profit providing breast reconstruction for "uninsured" survivors. We pick up where the other pink ribbons leave off providing the "final step in breast cancer treatment".
Our work changes lives... amidst the sea of pink ribbons focusing on the same issues with the same missions, My Hope Chest is a guiding light and breath of fresh air taking on a mission that, in 2011, has not been addressed.
Approximately 6200 women a year have a mastectomy and are uninsured... Women shouldn't have to live without their breasts because they lack insurance, especially in this economy... My Hope Chest's vision is changing the world, one breast at a time.
We encourage all donors who give to breast cancer charities to look at the facts... consider dispersing their philanthropy.. .and helping us grow to reach all of those in need in your communities.