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My Hope Chest

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Breast Cancer, Cancer, Health, Surgical Specialties

Mission: We address the physical and emotional needs of women who have lost their breasts to cancer. Our work restores lives for those that fall through the cracks of medical care.Our mission is to grant these thousands of women nationwide this "Final Step in Breast Cancer Treatment". For those who desire, regaining their physical form absolutely helps the healing process. By restoring their breasts, My Hope Chest helps these survivors return to a normal life with feelings of self-worth, renewed self-confidence and completeness; a true "Celebration of LIFE!"

Target demographics: uninsured and under insured breast cancer survivors

Programs: breast reconstruction surgery, the "final step of breast cancer treatment." Each surgery costs an estimated $13,500 as it is a surgeries of 3 surgeries and spans up to one year.

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Rating: 5

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!