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Share Self-Help for Women with Breast or Ovarian Cancer, Inc.
May 18, 2010

Calling SHARE was the single best thing I did for myself when I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1993. Even though I had a loving family and wonderful friends, I felt terrified and alone in facing this crisis. A good friend urged me to contact SHARE, and I soon found myself in a support group with other recently-diagnosed women who knew what I was going through and how I felt, and with whom I could "share" my greatest fears and darkest thoughts without worrying about their reactions. The group was led by a breast cancer survivor who showed me that I could and would get past this crisis. This group was such a source of information, support, and inspiration for me, that I honestly feel that SHARE saved my life. I went on to become a support group facilitator myself and later a SHARE board member. With the help of a very small, dedicated staff, and a limited budget, SHARE makes it possible for legions of volunteers, most of whom have been through breast or ovarian cancer themselves, to help many others in need. SHARE is one of the few organizations where Hispanic women, women with ovarian cancer, and women with metastatic cancer can find help and support from others just like them. I only wish that SHARE had the resources to expand and extend its services to everyone who needs them.

The Great!

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

Participating in a support group, facilitating support groups, serving on the board

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase financing so that the organization could serve more people

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

The wonderful staff and volunteers who give their time and effort so generously

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

Inspiring, hard-working, dedicated, caring

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

Expand to serve women with other gynecological cancers, set up satellite organizations in other parts of the country, make their services better known to all who might need them, do more outreach to connect with hard-to-reach populations

Ways to make it better...

My experience was great -- Can't think of anything that would have made it better.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Raising the funds needed to maintain and grow its services

One thing I'd also say is that...

Organizations that raise money for cancer research are better-funded, but women who are diagnosed with cancer today still need help!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Client Served & Participated in a support group, became a facilitator, joined the Board.