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November 13, 2012

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November 13, 2012

November 13, 2012
My wife is a breast cancer survivor. Today, she works with several breast cancer support and advocacy organizations including SHARE. At SHARE she staffs a hotline answering questions and providing emotional support for women seeking help. When my wife was originally diagnosed
there was little information available to her other than a few books and a couple of minutes of consultation with her oncologist. The impact on her was quite severe. Days and nights were filled with angst speculating about what the next day would bring. Every new symptom was viewed as a harbinger of a metastatic advance. As the years have passed the angst has receded but still lies there waiting to reassert its hold on her. Watching her I have come to the realization that her salvation has been her contact with others like herself. When my wife is scheduled to staff the hotline she sometimes takes and makes the calls from home. I have listened to her for hours providing support to distraught women on the phone. Their questions seemed to include everything from what should I do next, or what did the doctor mean, or where can I go for help since the nearest hospital is a 100 miles away, or how can I pay for treatment, to the more personal “how do I tell my husband and family”. Every question is answered and with every answer I see my wife’s own fears begin to abate. That is the wonder of SHARE. Its volunteers help themselves as they answer others calls for help.
While at SHARE my wife also became an advocate for advancing the science of treating breast cancer. She graduated from Project Lead, a course sponsored by the National Breast Cancer Coalition, whose graduates follow breast cancer medical advances, speak to women’s organizations and medical students, petition Congress and participate in research panels. She uses these experiences to help women better understand the lifetime war they have involuntarily been drafted into. SHARE has been the driving force in fueling her passion to help other survivors. SHARE has saved her emotional well being just as it has helped countless others.
Leon Heller

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How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

June 16, 2010

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June 16, 2010

SHARE became a part of my life when my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1993. My mother needed to connect with women that understood what she was going through. My mom joined a group in Harlem. SHARE helped my mother understand cancer. My mother in turn helped her children understand cancer. SHARE members helped my mom and her children to not be afraid. My mom passed in 1997. In 1998, several members of my family proudly participated in our first SHARE walk-a-thon, in honor of our mother, Elaine M. Johnson. After that first walk-a-thon experience, I began recruiting friends and family to walk with me. Words can express the joy I felt walking every year. SHARE is a wonderful organization that not only helps women with breast and ovarian cancer, they also support family and friends of women with breast and ovarian cancer. My family wouldn't have adjusted as well without SHARE. Thank you SHARE.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization when my mom joined in 1993. My mom would share what she learned with her children, family and friends.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is seeing my mother be at peace after attending a meeting.

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

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were kind, supportive, compassionate and caring.

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

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could continue to help so many women and also help the family.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

June 16, 2010

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June 16, 2010

Like most of us I was in quite a fog after being diagnosed with DCIS. My manager told me about SHARE and since I commuted to Manhattan every day and they had a location in Times Square I decided to attend. I only attended 3 meetings before my surgery but they helped me so much. The leaders were all survivors themselves, it was just women helping women so it was very comfortable. Listening helped me to ask the right questions at my doctors appointments and make decisions about next steps. This organization has made a major commitment to reach out and help - women helping women.

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attending counseling session in Times Square office

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

May 23, 2010

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May 23, 2010

This charity serves as a resource center for people with breast and/or ovarian cancer as well as for their friends and relatives. Share does wonderful job at passing along information in a gentle and very relevant way and they always have someone available to discuss anything from the specific to the general.

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

referrals to professionals as well as to individuals who were equipped to answer my questions

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

May 20, 2010

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May 20, 2010

Being a Breast Cancer Awareness advocate I'm aware of the great work Share does through friends that are Breast Cancer survivors.

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

attending seminars

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

May 19, 2010

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May 19, 2010

Women with Ovarian Cancer bonding together and sharing they're experience. The camraderie amongst these ladies informs me that I'm not alone. Tons of information is shared along with up to date health status. Also with women with breast cancer as well.

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I'm not alone

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 18, 2010

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May 18, 2010

SHARE is an outstanding organization. I first heard about it from Elaine Lowenstein (may she rest in peace) in 1986. Gloria G.

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I've personally seen how enthusiastic and effective this organization is at all times.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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