Share Self-Help for Women with Breast or Ovarian Cancer, Inc.
Rating: 4.95 stars 116 reviews
Issues: Mental Health, Health, Breast Cancer
Location: 1501 Broadway, Ste 704A New York NY 10036 USA
Results: We're helping more people every day locally and nationally with supportive services, continually increasing the number of support groups we offer. We're reaching more states through our helpline and increasing services in underserved communities.
Target demographics: Everyone touched by breast or ovarian cancer, from diagnosis through survivorship, as well as caregivers and loved ones, and everyone seeking information about these diseases.
Geographic areas served: In-person support and educational programs in metropolitan NY area and helplines available nation-wide.
Programs: All of SHARE's programs are free of charge, including toll-free helplines staffed by survivors, support groups, educational programs, and public health initiatives. SHARE provides bilingual patient navigators at two hospitals serving low-income populations, and we send breast and ovarian cancer survivors to speak to corporate employees through our Pink & Teal Seminars program. Our services are provided in English and in Spanish, and our helplines are available in 10 other languages as well.
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I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1993. I first heard about SHARE from the wife of one of my authors (I was an editor in scholarly publishing), herself a breast cancer survivor. Like many other women I'd been dealing with the disease as best I could, but I had no connection with other survivors. I first came to SHARE to attend support groups, then for many years I participated in wellness programs, especially yoga. In more recent years I've continued my connection with SHARE as a volunteer, mainly in the office during the day, but also at special events such as the Share-a-Walk (in former days) and the chefs event, A Second Helping of Life. At the present I come in to the office to proofread the Calendar of Events. I can't speak warmly enough about what SHARE has meant in my life! It's been a source of support, enlightenment, good cheer, fellowship, and not least of inspiration. I've met any number of remarkable women (and men) at SHARE. I've now been associated with SHARE longer than with any other organization in New York City.
Toward the end of 1989 I learned I had breast cancer. I was in shock. I'd always been healthy, and that fall, about to turn 49, I felt better than ever. Thought I'd just sail into my 50s. But no. 1990 began instead with a lumpectomy, followed by chemo and radiation.
A friend told me about SHARE, then a much smaller organization, and SHARE invited me to join a small group of women just beginning treatment. For six weeks the group would be led by a woman who'd had breast cancer herself; after that we could decide if we wanted to continue on our own. Twenty-four years later we're still meeting. Not as often as before, but often enough to stay in touch.
What a gift, to have company through the miseries of treatment. My doctors were wonderful, my husband, children and friends loving and supportive, but the women in my group were going through what I was going through, and that made all the difference. We showed each other scars and bald heads; we laughed and cried together. Supported by SHARE, we pulled each other through. I will always be grateful for that.
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If it were possible, I would include small, stable groups as an option as well as large ones with membership that changes.
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When I was newly diagnosed with breast cancer and beginning chemotherapy, I joined a small support group organized by SHARE. Our first six meetings were led by a psychologist, herself a survivor of breast cancer; after that we met on our own. Twenty years later we're still meeting. Several of us have attended lectures presented by SHARE, others have taken classes. I serve on the breast cancer hotline. We have helped each other through complications of surgery, new cancers and other health problems but also celebrated the good times in our lives. SHARE has grown since our group started, but it's still true to its original mission: to help women with cancer support each other. Nothing could be more important.
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My breast cancer support group (see above), educational sessions for the wider membership, participation in the breast cancer hotline.
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About every six months
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Japanese Share has been helping japanese women with breast or ovarian cancer in a lot of ways. We gave them many opportunities to talk about their issues and fears and they get to open up their hearts. We encourage each other and see our future with different perceptions. At the end of the day, they go home with more positive attitudes. I absolutely honor this non profit organization and believe that we help japanese women go through their hard times.
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I attended cancer survivor meeting at Share because I was diagnosed breast cancer in 2014. I was told from my doctor that my cancer was non invasive and tumor was small but I had no idea what to do. The meeting was useful and I collected a lot info from survivors. I was so impressed, everyone in the meeting was positive fighter facing to their own cancer. The place for this kind of meeting is important, especially for the patient who needs advise.
My relationship with SHARE began with a phone call to the helpline last July. I was leading a breast cancer patient support group for the Japanese community in New York, but we were having our meetings in cafes and restaurants, with no place of our own. By the end of that phone call the SHARE Japanese program was born.
Today, we offer group support meetings twice a month at the SHARE main office.
Now SHARE is becoming a great partner to the Japanese community, while understanding our unique culture that creates different demands.
The SHARE Japanese program is slowly and surely helping many Japanese women, who have been touched by breast and ovarian cancer, throughout the US and even to Japan.
SHARE is empowering me and my community, as well as our family, every day.
For me the most impressive aspect of Share that I have observed is the constant search for new programs with which to get their mission across to women and organizations that support women in their quest against breast and ovarian cancer.
SHARE is an excellent partner in working to help Latina cancer survivors!
Share provides innovative and informative educational opportunities through free Webinars. These are done including well-known oncologists with information both patients and their families will want to know.
SHARE has two special roles in my life. I was diagnosed with advanced ovarian cancer in August, 2000. About a week before chemo was to start, my surgeon told me to “get a port.” Still reeling from surgery, I neglected to ask what that was or why I needed it.
I called SHARE’s toll-free number, a knowledgeable woman quickly called me back and said, “A port is a great idea and it will save your veins from all the needle sticks you’re going to have.” I was very grateful and will always remember the SHARE Helpline volunteer’s clear explanation and her warmth.
Fast forward to 2011, I was eleven years out from diagnosis and ready to give back some of the support I had been given. I was rigorously trained to become a SHARE Helpline volunteer. I have been on both sides of the Helpline.
Some women I talk with ask, Will I survive? They ask which is better, surgery first or chemo first? How bad is chemotherapy? How can I ask my doctor all the questions I have? And some women just need a friendly ear as they talk about the life-wrenching issues a cancer diagnosis imposes. I love the challenges of this work and I love the deep satisfaction this work gives me. I love the organization which allows me to do this.
Women are diagnosed with breast or ovarian cancer every day. Their needs are great. I want to see SHARE grow so it can reach more women. This non-profit that I know so well is deeply worthy of wide exposure and financial support.
I am a 20 year breast cancer survivor & advocate who sought support & information when
I was diagnosed. SHARE staff & volunteers became my new breast friends. They held my
hand through diagnosis, treatment, after care, recurrence, side effects & a new life with
My way of appreciation was to give back volunteering through advocacy & health fairs.
Through them I volunteered for several years bringing scores of NYC women to the NBCC
Advocacy Conference & as the NYC Volunteer Coordinator with the advocacy efforts of the
National Breast Cancer Coalition, as well as helping to establish the NYS Breast Cancer Network.
Many of my friends have died early deaths because of this incidious disease which is why
SHARE supports the NBCC efforts to find a cure by 2020 & to end breast cancer. SHARE's
ability to maintain its presence during the past 20 years & grow more meaningful programs
& information, is a testament to its endurance.