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

Mission: SHARE helps people through the cancer journey, from diagnosis through treatment and post-treatment, offering the unique support of survivors who've been there.
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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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

I became an ovarian cancer survivor during the summer of 2004. I was a wreck emotionally and my doctor recommended that I call SHARE. It was the first time I spoke with another ovca survivor and I was filled with so much hope. I joined a support group at SHARE and learned so much from other survivors: what to expect, how to handle side effects, how to communicate better with my medical team, where to get more information about novel treatment options. I learned about opportunities to attend conferences and learn more about the disease and how to become involved in awareness and advocacy. Then I volunteered on SHARE's hotline and then became a peer facilitator for the support group. I learned to become an advocate, for myself when needing to choose between treatment options, and also on the national level--raising my voice on behalf of everyone who has ever had to deal with an ovarian cancer diagnosis. Three remissions later, I am thankful for all that I have learned at SHARE and the opportunties I have had to pass along hope to other ovca survivors.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My personal growth from feeling so lost and alone when newly diagnosed to an empowered survivor/advocate with access to a caring support network and all the information and tools to aid in decision-making in the recurrent setting.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Helpful, kind, knowledgeable and accessable.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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6 people found this review helpful

After my diagnosis of breast cancer a friend recommended Share. Going to Share helped me retain my sanity through all the fear and confusion. I felt so alone as no one I knew was going through the nightmare. I was put in a newly diagnosed group with a leader. At first it was akward and uncomfortable but after 3 months the group had so bonded we remained friends for over 8 yrs. Now some have passed and others have moved on with their lives. I'm can't imagine going through those first few years without the support of Share and the group. I think their support and love is why I am still a survivor.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Their dedication, informative news letters e-mails, support groups, medical forums.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2004-10-01

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7 people found this review helpful

I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2002. I felt the need to speak with other breast cancer patients who were going through the same experience to help me forge through my cancer treatment. I enrolled in "Women in Treatment" and to my delight found a lovely group of women who just needed to vent and commiserate with others experiencing the same side effects and fears. We laughed and cried, but would leave each meeting with more confidence that we could make it through another week of grueling and debilitating side effects from chemotherapy. I am still friendly with two women I met at Share and we meet every few months for dinner. It is with great sadness that I've learned that one of these women has developed metastatic breast cancer. Share is a wonderfu organization and it helped me through the most challenging time in my life. Mindy Horowitz

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Share helped me through the most challenging time of my life.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2002-7-01

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5 people found this review helpful

I found out about Share at the hospital when I was undergoing treatments for breast cancer 9 years ago. They have support groups, telephone support and educational programs. They have many support groups geared to different interests and age groups. They helped me get through a very difficult time. Everyone I have dealt with at Share is caring and supportive.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Support groups and educational programs.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-5-01

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6 people found this review helpful

The people at share were invaluable in helping come to terms with my emotions and experience of cancer. I didn't know what to think of my life after cancer, I didn't feel normal but Share made me find my new normal. I am so glad there were the programs the facilitate to support women trough this hard experience and the community they serve come together and find hope and strength.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My healing after breast cancer.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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5 people found this review helpful

I was the recipient of much information, help and kindness when I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1991. As a result of the information received I was able to make life saving decisions. Along with my doctor I decided on a lumpectomy rather than a mastectomy. This proved to be the right thing to do. Thank you SHARE.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

so many ways. I've also suggested friends call the hotline when they needed help.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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5 people found this review helpful

SHARE was a lifeline of emotional support and information at a very difficult moment. I don't know how my family and I would have survived that experience without their help.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

getting real first-person information from breast cancer survivors, about what to expect during treatment, how to adjust to life with cancer and after cancer.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

SHARE provides contact with survivors who really know the score. You know they are telling you what you need to know.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

all completely informed and able to communicate with me

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

clone itself around the world

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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5 people found this review helpful

A friend suggested that I contact SHARE, 25 years ago when, at the age of 41, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I found the support I needed to get through the trauma of the diagnosis, the recovery from surgery and the disorientation of life post-treatment. I began teaching yoga in their wellness program and continued offering classes for the next 20 years. I also serve on the Advisory Committee for Latina SHARE. SHARE has provided a safe, nurturing environment which has been an invaluable tool for me and thousands of others as we move along our healing paths.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

... helping me at every stage of the disease from diagnosis to post-treatment.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The people -- staff, volunteers, clients .. the people who drift in...SHARE attracts some wonderful people.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

EXPAND and help more women who deal with the isolation, fear and depression that often accompanies a diagnosis of breast or ovarian cancer.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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6 people found this review helpful

I was diagnosed with late stage breast cancer and was set very much apart from ordinary life.I needed to learn more about the disease that was at the least changing my life drastically or at the most taking it completely. At Share I found an organization that offered the medical information I needed to understand what was happening to me within an environment that was emotionally nourishing. I also realized that my diagnosis put me in the position of being able to make a unique contribution to others. Share enabled me to do that by including me into their group going to Washington D.C. to lobby for medical research. In addition, I needed help to regain physical strength after very extreme surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. Once again Share came through as their exercise program was geared to do just that. I am now feeling well and involved in an active life. Every once in a while I come in contact with a woman who has been newly diagnosed. It is always the same-- this woman is scared, bewildered,demoralized. Share is there, Share will help, Share's reason for being continues.

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About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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7 people found this review helpful

When I was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1990, and then again when I got hit with both breast and fallopian cancer in 2007, SHARE was a mainstay of support and information. The 1990 experience included a support group of women like myself -- premenopausal with young children -- which helped to lessen my isolation as a younger person with an older woman's disease. In 2007, again I found myself in a minority, this time with a BRCA mutation. And again, particularly through SHARE's peer referral system, I was able to talk with women who had also been diagnosed with a mutation and had to deal with the cancers and multiple surgeries and procedures that followed.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Support groups and hotline/peer referral services for women (and their partners) with breast and ovarian/fallopian cancers

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-4-01

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