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Share Self-Help for Women with Breast or Ovarian Cancer, Inc.
June 15, 2010

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.

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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.

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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

MY ROLE:
Client Served & Ovarian Cancer Survivor, Hotline Caller, Support Group Member, Hotline Volunteer, Peer Facilitator, Advocate.