I needed hope and a new beginning. Open Door gave that to me.
When I relocated to New York, I had no family, no support, and a recent diagnosis of a serious immunodeficiency disorder. But I did have a referral to Open Door from my previous doctor and that made all the difference. From our first appointment, Karin was warm, caring, nurturing. I will never forget the comfort I found when I met her. Through education and management, my immunocompromised condition is now well under control.
Two years ago, I was faced with an additional health challenge – prostate cancer. Devastated and feeling hopeless following my diagnosis, I was referred by my care team to a urologist for treatment and surgery and encouraged to join an Open Door online Cancer Support Group. Open Door’s care literally saved my life.
As part of art therapy in the Cancer Support Group, I have found my passion for art. It’s so much more than a hobby or pastime…art is an outlet that gives me fulfillment, a break from life’s challenges and support for my mental health. I am able to give back to others….to give hope to others….
During the pandemic, the stress of managing my health conditions and feelings of loneliness deepened. I enrolled in Open Door’s digital literacy program – obtaining a free computer, a WiFi hotspot and training from Open Door. I am always treated with patience, respect, and compassion. I am no longer isolated – I communicate with my health care team online, find resources for my job, and feel more connected than ever.
In my full time job as a home care aide, I can share my hope, my strength, and my compassion with others. I pay forward the care I receive from Open Door.
At Open Door, I found health, hope, and support from a team that quickly became my guardian angels. I survived because of Open Door and I am now empowered to live a healthy life.
– Jesus M.