Ms. Feldmar is well suited for a private practice in Medical Counseling. Via phone calls and e-mails before, during, and after my stem cell transplant, she provided me with verbal support and cues for questions to ask about resources, treatment plan, outcomes and the like. This allowed me to become a more calm and well informed patient, confident in Andrea's approachability, availability, and support at every point in my cancer journey.
Andrea Feldmar helped me when I was diagnosed with acute leukemia. I was overwhelmed, scared, confused and had lost hope. She helped guide me in the right direction by discussing what my treatment options might be as well as what questions to ask my healthcare providers. She gave me ideas on how to cope with my diagnosis and the changes it caused in my life. Andrea listened to all of my concerns, was there whenever I needed to talk, and made me feel less alone. She shared her wealth of knowledge and personal experiences with cancer and serious illness, and with her help, I learned to be proactive, ask questions, and accept what was before me with patience, clarity, and hope.
Even though it has been 10 years since I became acquainted with Andrea, I have never forgotten what she has done for me. She is an intelligent, educated, thoughtful, compassionate and caring person whom I would highly recommend as a counselor for anyone faced with serious health issues.
Four years ago my family was stricken by my wife’s cancer diagnosis. Everything and anything that could be done to help her was what we sought.
We didn’t know where or what to seek. Andrea was recommended as a possible resource and that put us in the competent, capable, confident and compassionate hands of Andrea Feldmar. The course of the disease had many ups and downs, but, Andrea Feldmar’s help and expertise in dealing with all aspects of the situation was un-wavering.
I fervently wish that no one would have to deal with what we dealt with, however, I am certain that if I or anyone I cared about was in that type of situation, a very important call early in the process would be to Andrea.
Today, I take great comfort knowing that we did “the right thing” for my wife, and we couldn’t have known the right thing without Andrea’s help and dedication.
Medical Support Counseling is not only something I didn’t even know existed four years ago, it was the last thing I thought I would ever need. Ironically, it turned out to be the one thing that kept my family together throughout the toughest four years of our lives… my mother’s fight against cancer!
Mom was diagnosed with cancer on a Saturday, admitted into the hospital on Monday, and began intensive chemotherapy treatment on Tuesday. Scared, angry, sad, and instantly submerged, and I mean deeply submerged into a maze of overwhelming information and uncontrollable emotions, my sister, father and I were lost!!
A business associate heard of our situation and gave me a phone # the following Wednesday. It was Andrea’s # and once again, our life was changed in an instant. Andrea became our guiding light, our guardian angel, our counselor, our teacher, and inevitably our friend.
Andrea dialed into her years of experience and endless contacts to objectively guide us to the best institutions and best doctors for every step of our fight to beat one of the scariest diseases imaginable. Always realistically optimistic, her “non-medical jargon” explanations made it easier for all of us to understand what decisions we faced and how it might affect not only mom, but me, my sister and dad as the caregivers. In her subtle and unassuming manner, Andrea tapped into our emotions and helped us remain grounded, calm and aware so that we could remain strong and supportive for mom while not losing ourselves as individuals.
Mom is with us only in spirit now, but my family knows that because of Andrea’s practice, we left no stone unturned and exhausted every option available to humanity. And for that, we are eternally grateful….
adult son of patient
One cold day in January 2000, our world turned upside down and my heart inside out. Am I in the snow globe or outside of it looking in? My middle daughter, Rebecca, at 4 years old was diagnosed with leukemia. Months of shock, disbelief, and heartache followed. I have never felt such pain and disorientation. I also had an eight month old daughter and a 6 year old daughter. I was lost and felt so alone. In the face of my daughters, I was strong, fun, upbeat, and full of faith. What choice do you have when they look to you to lead the way? The only way through these dark woods was to accept this path and follow it with grace, faith, fight, and fun and look for the light. . . .any light.
Inside I was screaming, “God, Please send me help! Please let there be someone out there who has experienced what I am feeling... please help me out of the fog and send me a light house, a beacon of light to guide me out of the darkest woods.” Unbelievable, the next day, my prayers were answered. Andrea called me. She said, “You don’t know me, but you will. I know what you are feeling and I will help you.” I knew Andrea could not see the tears on my face as I knew instinctively with those words that this would be a relationship that not only would guide me, but change my life forever. Andrea not only brought peace, hope, and strength to me but also was able to help me bring it to myself and my family. Andrea’ s gentle yet strong words of wisdom, experience, and insight not only helped me survive emotionally but enabled me to thrive. Yes, thrive...know when and how to stand up and fight, investigate, research, and maneuver the medical and insurance field to get the absolute best treatment and care for my daughter. Thrive to become the rock that all my children needed to know that life may have its unknown paths yet we can charter their course.
Today, Rebecca is 8 years post transplant and a challenging 15 year old...YEA! We have also had the recent though not unexpected course of divorce. Who do you think I called? Andrea. I will forever be grateful for Andrea arriving in my life just when I needed her most and remaining there as a guide, a light, and my Angel here on earth.
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