As one that has been a member for a number of years..... this original post focuses on the value of the forums.... which, I, for 1, have to admit, helped to bring me wellness after my research when I was first diagnosed. I would also like to add the the membership also brings "Notes", the quarterly newsletter from the ANA, discounted fees to the national symposiums and more. The ANA publishes info/brochures and most of all, brings patients together through their Willing To Talk list as well as sponsors local support groups.
My wallet hurts like most folks, but for what the ANA has done... and continues to do.... I also encourage others, if feasible, to join the ANA as they do sooooo much for us in our time when we need our support and information.... and the kinships that have grown all due to the ANA.
Honestly, if it wasn't for them, I wouldn't be doing as well as I am doing due to their initial info they sent me and these forums. I've noted it before.... I've noted it to them verbally and in writing... and I note it again here.
I hope you all will also consider the membership so they can continue to do for us all that they do.
Just my 2 cents.