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Review for Share Self-Help for Women with Breast or Ovarian Cancers, Inc., New York, NY, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

If it were possible, I would include small, stable groups as an option as well as large ones with membership that changes.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

Role:  Client Served
 

Review for Share Self-Help for Women with Breast or Ovarian Cancers, Inc., New York, NY, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

My breast cancer support group (see above), educational sessions for the wider membership, participation in the breast cancer hotline.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

Role:  Client Served & Like many others, I have been both client and volunteer.