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SHARE is an excellent first stop for resources for women with cancer, and I appreciate that it expressly focuses on serving women of color who are disproportionately impacted by these diseases.
My name is Susan. I have been going to the SHARE Self-help group for about 3 years. I'm a busy mom to 3 kids, but I try to keep my second Thursday evening of every month free, to allow myself some SHARE time. I look forward to our meetings, because everyone there is very welcoming. I learned a lot about breast cancer treatment options, the latest research topics on cancer, and how to be stronger inside and out. This is one of the few places that I feel comfortable talking about my struggles with breast cancer. My only regret is that I didn't find SHARE sooner. My hope is that more people will have access to SHARE.
I was a 47 years old busy mom who was supposedly healthy. When my doctor confirmed that I had breast caner, I was shocked because I didn't have cancer in my family. I didn't know that many women had been diagnosed with breast cancer even though they had no family history of cancer. After accepting the fact that I needed to get treatment, I was extremely frustrated going through the process of deciding what procedures to choose and which doctors to go to. I finally had my lumpectomy in September of 2016 after four months of anger, guilt, despair, and nagging from my family. After my doctor said my scar was healing nicely, I still felt very broken, with many worries keeping me up at night. Luckily I picked up the SHARE pamphlet from the doctor's office. I'm grateful that there's a SHARE group in Queens, which is not too far from my home. Every month I try my best to attend the meeting. Gwen and the rest of the ladies are wonderful and I learn a great deal from them. I wish I knew about SHARE when my doctor first told me that my mammogram was abnormal. I would not have to feel so alone. My hope is that more people will know about SHARE.
SHARE Cancer Support is the first place I called to ask for resources and help - I received phone help from a very attentive, informative woman and that made me feel connected and not crazy or alone. Once I started attending their in -person support groups, I felt much more connected. I enjoy the community at SHARE and how accessible the volunteers and staff are - I've reached out several times for help and advise or even a direction to go in and they've listened and offered resources.
My name is Ntombikayise Mkuyana, you can call me Ntombi. I'm 40 years old now. I diagonise breast cancer on June 2015. It was not easy when I found that. I felt lump on my left breast and I went to GP. My GP told me this lump is not show a cancerious. Bt He referred to altrasound and result show that is just a lump but it will prove by BIOPSIE. He referred me SURGICAL DOCTOR to do BIOPSIE. After a week I went Surgical Doctor for results. Doctor Lubega(Surgical Doctor) told me that I've got a breast cancer............Waaaaaaaaaaawuuuuuu.........Remember that I don't know anything about Cancer. Only thing I know about cancer is If you have cancer, you are going to die. That time I was 37 years old and 4 years old Son. I asked Dr, what is the next step. He told me He is going to REMOVE MY BREAST
When I was first diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer I was stunned, deeply depressed and in a total panic. I felt my life was over. At my lowest point, I reached out to SHARE several times, and each time the wonderful volunteers listened and help keep me from spinning out of control. SHARE found a peer with a similar clinical profile who was living a full, productive life many years into the disease. It gave me hope. One of the volunteers even followed up on my latest test results by emailing me. They make a personal connection that was a lifeline to me. I am sure I will call again. I do not live close enough to attend group sessions, but am looking forward to joining the telephone support groups.
SHARE is an amazing support group for those of us dealing with breast and/or ovarian cancer. When I had a bilateral mastectomy in 2011 I attended a group that was inbelievably supportive and helpful. I learned more from the women in this group than I did from any of my doctors ( a sad but true fact) which helped me enormously. Five years later I have become a breast "helpline" volunteer so that I can give back some of which was given to me. I speak with women around the country, many of whom have no where to turn to, who are ever so grateful to have a group like SHARE. And, as a volunteer, I never cease to be amazed at how much information on so many varied aspects of cancer support SHARE has gathered and continues to update, from moral support to financial aid assistance to seminars and webinars on a variety of subjects that impact women with cancer. At every turn SHARE seems to be expanding its outreach to be able to help more and more women. Kudos to SHARE!
I volunteer at Share although I do not have the dubious honour of being "a survivor" so do not "work" the "help line". Even so I still witness the hard work and dedication these women do to help empower, encourage, and inform others who are dealing with this insidious disease and their families. Women helping Women for 40 years!
I've been working with SHARE for several years and have never met a more dedicated staff or group of volunteers. Through their presence in New York City and their national reach through their website activities and helpline SHARE has reached thousands of women and their families and caregivers in their 40 years of operation facing breast and ovarian cancer. It is a very unique peer to peer grass roots non profit.
I love being a volunteer with SHARE. I am a breast cancer survivor of 8 years and appreciate that I can help others answering our telephone support hotline. SHARE has a wonderful database of services available to our callers for their local area and we are constantly updating our database. We also offer webinars, in-person support groups in our NY office and telephone support groups forMetastatic Breast Cancer , Breast Reconstruction, Lymphedema and more. Please call us at 844 275 7427 - we would love to speak with you.
I am still associated with SHARE twenty-five years after calling its Hotline upon a breast cancer diagnosis and have had the opportunity to watch the organization grow with the changing landscapes of breast and ovarian cancer. During this time I was a 'client', a volunteer in many capacities, including running support groups and training other organizations to use the peer support model , a Hotline staff person, and for quite a number of years now am part of the Board of Directors. I never 'left' as I have great respect for the work that SHARE is doing and enjoy being part of the challenge that the organization has faced as it continues to expand its services to more people and in more meaningful forms.
I have worked with other non profits and find that SHARE is unique in the way it reaches out to people and continues to accommodate the needs of its participants and the communities it serves. And with awe, have watched how it has been instrumental in empowering people who deal with these cancers.
I found SHARE when I called their Hotline, the day I was told that I had a tumor, twenty years ago. Since then I have used their services and volunteered in almost every capacity. Althugh SHARE has expanded in all its services it has maintained its ability to help individuals one by one. I am still in awe of the work of this organization.
I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in 2007. I attended a support group that I was not happy with. A year or two later I met someone who was a volunteer for Share. She gave me the information to attend the Harlem Share Support Group. Once there I knew I would look no further. I also became a Share Ambassador. Share is Caring, Share is Love, Share is Home.
I m a Breast Cancer Victor who is recently celebrating My 11 year cancersavery. I very grateful to Share being the first support group that i engaged with when i was first diagonsed with my cancer. I 'm truly thank and blessed for my life as a survivor and thank that Share gave me a strong and supportive organization that i could turn to and seek knowledge and information about my disease. They are dedicated and very helpful for any one going thru the experience as they concerning and truly wonderful source to provide an individual their families and caregivers a place to turn too when you're dealing with a crisis . Their support given is one that i'm gratefully for having and knowing and they also are a group that it doesn't end it continuing long after for as much as you need. I just want to say congratulations on 40 years, HAPPY 40th Anniversary to Share i 'm so happy to have you to turn to when i need a place the turn.
On my first day after getting home from the hospital, a neighbor mentioned that her boss went to a support group called SHARE. I called the SHARE Helpline the same day I learned about it and was told about a support group. I went once and felt so good to be in the company of these SHARE women that I kept going. It turned out that my support group experience was phenomenal. The first day I went I had no idea what it was going to to be about. Marjorie, the support group facilitator, offered to go with me to my first chemo appointment when she realized I was single. I couldn't believe she made that offer, it empowered me to take care of myself. I couldn't believe she would be so selfless.
It was through a routine mammogram that my early stage breast cancer was detected.
My onocologist recommended SHARE to me. Through SHARE I met a survivor who was instrumental in helping me cope and endure the challeges ahead, talking over the concerns and making everything seem normal and manageable. After my recovery I hosted a designer talk (I am a fashion and accessories designer ) at the New York SHARE office and demonstrated scarf styling tricks I used through my treatment that made me feel put together, comfortable and beautiful. I am so thankful for SHARE staff and community, very empowering!
SHARE Cancer Support spreads the message of support and community for women facing breast and ovarian cancers. They provide women with tools to empower women in their journeys. They provide support, encouragement and knowledge to help them navigate through their diagnoses. AND , all services are free !
I benefitted so much from SHARE's support group meetings that I joined them as a Helpline Volunteer, a Peer Volunteer, and a facilitator of their Young Women with Breast Cancer group.
SHARE is an amazing organization and strong support network for women. Top-notch educational programs, too!
I'm a volunteer at SHARE, and I have been moved and amazed by every day I've been there. I have witnessed many a call and in-person visits where women struggling with breast or ovarian called the Helpline scared out of their wits and yearning to talk with somebody who has been there--for empathy, compassion, sound suggestions, concrete information, etc. One woman was so profoundly grateful that she hugged the Helpline Director tightly, and she said SHARE saved her life! My mother died of ovarian cancer, and I wish she would have known about this vital organization. They throw out lifelines every day, and I'm so proud to volunteer there. Kudos to SHARE!
Not only am I a breast cancer patient who attends the many support groups, lectures, phone-in support groups, and Webinars that SHARE offers, I am also a volunteer! After my very first time attending the ongoing breast cancer support group, I thought, "SHARE would be such a wonderful place to volunteer!" I work as a Helpline volunteer which is the most rewarding volunteer job I have and I also help as an admin. I love SHARE because it has top-notch support groups led by people who have actually gone through breast or ovarian cancer and are survivors. It is such a warm and inviting environment and I always feel comfortable sharing what I am going through in the group. Kudos to a fantastic organization! Keep up the great work, SHARE!
Even having worked at SHARE for a short amount of time, I can see that this organization is not only helpful, but essential to getting women through the daunting process that they face as they power through these cancers. SHARE spreads hope to patients, loved ones, and supporters, all the while educating and empowering the community. To put it simply, SHARE fearlessly saves lives.
Breast and ovarian cancer support has always been a cause close to my heart after losing both my mother and my grandmother to these diseases. When I found myself in New York with time to spare I started volunteering at SHARE and I was pleased to discover what a fantastic charity this is. The various SHARE support programs and the helpline are invaluable for women who have been diagnosed with breast and ovarian cancer. It really makes a difference for women to speak to others who have actually "been there".
Shortly after I was diagnosed at age 34, I began attending support group meetings for young women with breast cancer at SHARE. These meetings and the women I met through them were extraordinarily helpful. They allayed my fears, gave me tips on how to cope, encouraged me, and understood my experiences in a way that others couldn’t. It was so wonderful to sit in a room full of breast cancer warriors; it gave me hope and made me feel less alone.
SHARE was the first phone call I made to any cancer support place after I got diagnosed. A friend told me about it, said I could speak with someone my age who has had a similar cancer as me, so I have it a try. I was feeling so lonely and scared, I needed to speak to someone who had been through this! I got this wonderful woman on the phone, Marjorie, who was so caring and understanding and very, very knowledgeable!! She asked if I wanted a call back in a few days, and I said yes. She offered me her email address and said I could email her whenever I wanted. I hear from her and I emailed her, she was such a great sounding board! She led the Tuesday night cancer support group, so I took the bus from NJ into the city to meet her personally and attend her support group. Months later, I am still making the trip into the city to her group, and we had an ongoing Wednesday phone session, as well as frequent emails. I've met some wonderful meetings in the SHARE support group, and it's been helpful for me during the time of treatment and surgery. I'm truly grateful for this organization!
SHARE is a wonderful organization dedicated to helping survivors of breast or ovarian cancer. I'm a survivor and know that firsthand. SHARE's resources educate survivors and help us to become better self-advocates. It offers a national helpline with regular caller follow-up, support groups for survivors and caregivers given locally or nationwide via the telephone or web, and excellent education programs by renown doctors, presented locally, by webinar or Talk Radio. SHARE is a wonderful community of staff and volunteers working together to support survivors and caregivers. I now volunteer for SHARE and can't think of any other organization that I'd prefer to support.
SHARE is an amazing and useful nationwide organization helping women with breast and ovarian cancer and their caregivers. I have learned so much important information and found a tremendous amount of support through my involvement with SHARE. A wonderful group of committed staff and volunteers.
Like many women, I was terribly shocked when I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2010. I felt lost, alone and scared. Someone told me about SHARE helpline and I got a tremendous support from the conversation with a long time ovarian cancer survivor. I felt touched, empowered and not alone. I felt so much gratitude to that woman (and I still do) that I decided to give back to other women and became a volunteer. The work that SHARE does for women living with breast and ovarian cancer is invaluable. Their motto "no one should go through this alone" reflects on all their services: women living with cancer groups, caretaker groups, Webinars, 24/7 helpline, seminars. Thank you SHARE.
As an ovarian cancer survivor and volunteer at SHARE, I see first hand how SHARE helps the women who call in. SHARE offers an invaluable service to these women, many of whom have no one to speak with and to share their concerns, fears, and hopes for the future. The organization is efficiently run and the dedication of its staff and volunteers is most impressive.
I was diagnosed with breast cancer in the spring of 2013 and I honestly don't know how I would have gotten through it without SHARE. I attend meetings in person and the facilitators are both caring and knowledgeable. Being in a room where every single woman has had breast cancer is amazing and powerful. The depth of caring and wisdom is amazing. The telephone hotline is a wonderful resource. And now, more than 2 years after my diagnosis, I continue to attend SHARE's "post" meetings. I can't say enough about was a Godsend share is.
I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1993. I first heard about SHARE from the wife of one of my authors (I was an editor in scholarly publishing), herself a breast cancer survivor. Like many other women I'd been dealing with the disease as best I could, but I had no connection with other survivors. I first came to SHARE to attend support groups, then for many years I participated in wellness programs, especially yoga. In more recent years I've continued my connection with SHARE as a volunteer, mainly in the office during the day, but also at special events such as the Share-a-Walk (in former days) and the chefs event, A Second Helping of Life. At the present I come in to the office to proofread the Calendar of Events. I can't speak warmly enough about what SHARE has meant in my life! It's been a source of support, enlightenment, good cheer, fellowship, and not least of inspiration. I've met any number of remarkable women (and men) at SHARE. I've now been associated with SHARE longer than with any other organization in New York City.
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.
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.
Japanese Share has been helping japanese women with breast or ovarian cancer in a lot of ways. We gave them many opportunities to talk about their issues and fears and they get to open up their hearts. We encourage each other and see our future with different perceptions. At the end of the day, they go home with more positive attitudes. I absolutely honor this non profit organization and believe that we help japanese women go through their hard times.
I attended cancer survivor meeting at Share because I was diagnosed breast cancer in 2014. I was told from my doctor that my cancer was non invasive and tumor was small but I had no idea what to do. The meeting was useful and I collected a lot info from survivors. I was so impressed, everyone in the meeting was positive fighter facing to their own cancer. The place for this kind of meeting is important, especially for the patient who needs advise.
My relationship with SHARE began with a phone call to the helpline last July. I was leading a breast cancer patient support group for the Japanese community in New York, but we were having our meetings in cafes and restaurants, with no place of our own. By the end of that phone call the SHARE Japanese program was born.
Today, we offer group support meetings twice a month at the SHARE main office.
Now SHARE is becoming a great partner to the Japanese community, while understanding our unique culture that creates different demands.
The SHARE Japanese program is slowly and surely helping many Japanese women, who have been touched by breast and ovarian cancer, throughout the US and even to Japan.
SHARE is empowering me and my community, as well as our family, every day.
For me the most impressive aspect of Share that I have observed is the constant search for new programs with which to get their mission across to women and organizations that support women in their quest against breast and ovarian cancer.
Share provides innovative and informative educational opportunities through free Webinars. These are done including well-known oncologists with information both patients and their families will want to know.
SHARE has two special roles in my life. I was diagnosed with advanced ovarian cancer in August, 2000. About a week before chemo was to start, my surgeon told me to “get a port.” Still reeling from surgery, I neglected to ask what that was or why I needed it.
I called SHARE’s toll-free number, a knowledgeable woman quickly called me back and said, “A port is a great idea and it will save your veins from all the needle sticks you’re going to have.” I was very grateful and will always remember the SHARE Helpline volunteer’s clear explanation and her warmth.
Fast forward to 2011, I was eleven years out from diagnosis and ready to give back some of the support I had been given. I was rigorously trained to become a SHARE Helpline volunteer. I have been on both sides of the Helpline.
Some women I talk with ask, Will I survive? They ask which is better, surgery first or chemo first? How bad is chemotherapy? How can I ask my doctor all the questions I have? And some women just need a friendly ear as they talk about the life-wrenching issues a cancer diagnosis imposes. I love the challenges of this work and I love the deep satisfaction this work gives me. I love the organization which allows me to do this.
Women are diagnosed with breast or ovarian cancer every day. Their needs are great. I want to see SHARE grow so it can reach more women. This non-profit that I know so well is deeply worthy of wide exposure and financial support.
I am a 20 year breast cancer survivor & advocate who sought support & information when
I was diagnosed. SHARE staff & volunteers became my new breast friends. They held my
hand through diagnosis, treatment, after care, recurrence, side effects & a new life with
My way of appreciation was to give back volunteering through advocacy & health fairs.
Through them I volunteered for several years bringing scores of NYC women to the NBCC
Advocacy Conference & as the NYC Volunteer Coordinator with the advocacy efforts of the
National Breast Cancer Coalition, as well as helping to establish the NYS Breast Cancer Network.
Many of my friends have died early deaths because of this incidious disease which is why
SHARE supports the NBCC efforts to find a cure by 2020 & to end breast cancer. SHARE's
ability to maintain its presence during the past 20 years & grow more meaningful programs
& information, is a testament to its endurance.
January 2012 I was diagnosed with stage 2 invasive breast cancer. I found SHARE while surfing the internet . I called 2 am, left a message an my call was immediately returned the following morning. My mentor Jeanne was so helpful and caring, listened to an ear full never judging me, letting me express all my feelings concerns and fears. Share as helped me so much that I looked forward to my bi weekly calls from Jeanne. Sometimes I called SHARE before Jeanne's call because I was afraid of an upcoming surgery, test, chemo or radiation. Who ever was working at the time would comfort me and make me get through the day.
It is not just phone support that makes SHARE special . It is the abundance of services they offer. Webinar's, educational programs and on going support groups and so much more.
The support team of SHARE was there for me, now as a breast cancer help line volunteer I will be there for you . Why not give SHARE a call today :)
I have done some Pro Bono consulting for SHARE and my wife is a SHARE volunteer. I find that the work that SHARE does every day is truly life changing for the women they provide advice and comfort to. They reach out to breast cancer survivors throughout the US. Survivor's questions are directly answered by peers; women who have contracted the same type of cancer and are living through the same life experiences as the caller. SHARE goes well beyond the provision of their help line. SHARE volunteers visit medical schools to advise medical students and physicians on how to best communicate with their future and existing patients. SHARE also regularly visits corporate sites to answer questions from women survivors and care givers. Many SHARE staffers and volunteers keep up with the latest research by attending breast cancer medical conferences to understand the latest treatment protocols and then use this information when talking with callers. Some SHARE women also participate in evaluating funding requests associated with breast cancer research that are hosted by the government. And finally SHARE women utilize their time and energy to lobby congress for additional funding for breast cancer research. It is for these reasons that I believe SHARE is such a special organization.
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.
I know first hand the benefits of the services SHARE provides to women and their families. SHARE is an amazing organization and has proven over the years the value of self-help support and education in dealing with a diagnosis of breast or ovarian cancer.
After telling me I had breast cancer my surgeon gave me the name of SHARE and it was the kindest and most compassionate thing she could have done for me. And contacting SHARE the next day was the best thing I could have done for myself. They help me put what little I knew in some sort of order and told me what kind of questions to ask and whom to ask. The helpline became my lifeline through my surgery and the weeks following. They got me through my crisis and I knew I wanted to do the same for others.
I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1999. I was shocked and very scared. My chiropractor told me about SHARE. I called and then participated in 2 support groups. It was very comforting to share my fears and concerns with other women who were also going through breast cancer. I am still close with one of the women who was in my SHARE support groups.
When I retired from teaching I wanted to give back to SHARE. They were there for me in my time of need and I wanted to be there for them and help other women who are going through breast or ovarian cancer. I have been a SHARE volunteer for almost 14 years now.
SHARE is a wonderful self-help, nonprofit organization. All of the staff at SHARE give 100% of themselves. Many of these women also had breast or ovarian cancer.
I am proud to be part of this wonderful organization.
I am gratified by the feeling of helping someone who is embarking on the same journey I did. Reassuring them that they will be ok and easing their fears is priceless. It is about helping a woman at her most vulnerable time and giving her support. It's about letting her know she's not alone. This is what SHARE is about.
Callers are beyond overjoyed when they are finally able to connect with me, a match volunteer who has their same exceedingly rare permanent pain disability from breast cancer surgery. I had to go out of state to Sloan's pain clinic to finally obtain a diagnosis!
I am also able to assist those afflicted with my secondary more common treatment induced handicap. In addition, I try to provide hope to women who have been diagnosed with the ultra rare & aggressive type of breast cancer that I had 15 years ago.
I direct them to neurologists and anesthesiologists for the pain syndrome (post lymph node dissection nerve pain) and also to specialists who treat patients with a compromised lymphatic system like I have from surgery/ radiation. I refer to my list of major U.S. cancer centers (teaching hospitals.)
I help with medical insurance battles as well. I was treated for a fibrosarcoma in the area of my anatomy affected by my pre existing impairments from breast cancer surgery. All sarcomas represent only 1% of all cancers -utterly uncommon- I fought my HMO (successfully!) for 51/2 months for an arm salvaging operation at Sloan- Kettering, an out of state/ out of network facility.
Shortly after I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2000, I began to attend a SHARE support group. Meeting other women in treatment made me feel "normal" again. I went to more meetings and wanted to give back what SHARE had given me: I trained as a Helpline volunteer as soon as I passed two-years out of treatment and have been a Helpline volunteer ever since. SHARE also provided me with patient-advocate training, another role I embrace. Most importantly, SHARE has demystified breast cancer and has allowed me to understand what's going on in the scientific world without scare tactics and without hype.
Thank goodness a friend told me about SHARE when I was first diagnosed with breast cancer! I called SHARE's helpline and signed up for a support group for newly diagnosed women like myself who were all in shock and terrified of dying. The group made it possible for me to go through treatment with hope and the knowledge that others who really understood what I was going through were there to give me strength and help me get through this. Since then, I've had the honor to become a member of SHARE's Board of Directors (and Board President for a time), and I've seen first-hand how much good SHARE does with its limited resources. They provide information, support, education, and advocacy for diverse women with breast, ovarian, or metastatic cancer, and their friends, family, and caregivers, all provided by survivor volunteers and a small, incredibly dedicated staff. Every penny in SHARE's budget goes a long way in helping SHARE see to that no one has to face these cancers alone.
25 years ago, when I had breast cancer, the Share support group I attended helped me cope with my diagnosis and gave me a chance to make some wonderful, lifelong friends. After retiring, I decided to volunteer at Share, answering helpline calls and co- facilitating the Newly Diagnosed Support Group. It is a privilege to be trusted by the women who call or come to the meetings and to make a difference in their lives.
Shortly after I was diagnosed with breast cancer, I began attending support group meetings for young women with breast cancer at SHARE. These meetings and the women I met through them were extraordinarily helpful. They allayed my fears, gave me tips on how to cope, encouraged me, and understood my experiences in a way that others couldn’t. It was so wonderful to sit in a room full of breast cancer warriors; it gave me hope and made me feel less alone.”
A few years later, the Facilitator for SHARE’s Young Women With Breast Cancer Support Group decided to “retire” after eight years of service and I was asked to take her place. I was flattered to be asked and am honored to be able to spend time with these women warriors on a regular basis, and hopefully help them through their breast cancer journey.
~ Mary Vetting
New York, NY
SHARE has enabled countless women, their families and friends to cope with the realities and difficulties of a cancer diagnosis through their hotlines, support groups, education and wellness programs. I know this first hand, as an ovarian cancer survivor and as the former director of their ovarian cancer program.
I was honored to be invited o be a member of the Latina Share Advisory Board. In the time that I have known the program I have seen how the volunteers and staff extend a helping hand to women in need of advise and support. They often go above the call of duty staying on the phone into the night with women in crisis or visiting them at hospital bedsides. SHARE has created a community of women helping women to survive, learn from each other, and be comforted by. The LatinaShare program especially provides much needed support services to an underserved community that has few options to turn to. From Latina Share Spanish speaking women diagnosed with breast cancer can also benefit from SHARE’s programming. They get information and support that is presented to them not only in Spanish but in a culturally relevant manner. This work takes a lot of energy and dedication and I am proud to be a part of this organization. Now, whenever I encounter someone who could benefit from SHARES services either because they or a family have been diagnosed with breast cancer without hesitation I recommend that they call SHARE.
I "discovered" SHARE in 1992. At this point in my life I had healed and wiped the tears from my cancer diagnosis. However, when I visited SHARE I met with such a wonderful, generous, helpful group of women, that I decided I wanted to work with this organization and help spread the word about SHARE. I have worked with SHARE since then, doing outreach, advocacy and helping to organize the SHARE-A-Walk. I pray that SHARE will be available to more women until this dreadful disease is vanquished.
I don't know what I do without SHARE and the women who help make things happen. As a recent breast cancer survivor SHARE was the first place I called when I received word of my diagnosis. They immediately went to work and asked me questions and helped me calm down and assess my situation. They were able to refer me to a couple of doctors so I could get a second opinion - but mostly so I could get peace of mind that I was making the right decisions. Throught my recovery, I consistently called upon SHARE to ask questions about the process of my recovery and the treatment I was receiving. In each call they always took the time to listen and most of all to lend their hearts and support. I Still call upon SHARE for advice and to share my fears and frustrations. They are always there. I believe in SHARE so much that I am now on their advisory board - it is important that the women in New York know there's a place for them when it comes to breast and ovarian cancer. No woman should have to go through it alone and SHARE is definitely the best place to go. Anabel Evora
I do volunteer work at Share. When a woman calls our Help Line, they want to speak to
someone who has had BC, people will listen when they know you have walked the
walk. I have heard dozens of women cry on the phone , women of all ages, young women
with small children, at the time of a diagnosis they need reassurance, hope and that is
what we provide, at the end of a call, that can last an hour or longer, a sense of relief
and gratitude is what I hear, I wrap up my calls by telling them, just so you know my
diagnose was 19 years ago, I can't see their faces but I can feel their smile
on the phone and in my heart. Volunteering is a way of giving back as a survivor.
I've had first hand experience with SHARE as a recipient of services, a board and staff member and now as a volunteer and in each of those capacities I've recognized how extraordinary this organization is. For women and men newly affected by breast or ovarian cancer, information and resources provided by someone who uniquely understand the issues because they've been there, is invaluable. The support that comes from being able to give voice to your issues in a safe environment with up to date information is enormously empowering and allows those affected to deal with their lives more effectively and with an inceased sense of empowerment.
Breast cancer diagnosis is scary and typically never as straightforward as you think it should be. In my case, one dr. told me to get a mastectomy, one advised me to get a lumpectomy and another counseled a bi-lateral mastectomy. Chemo was also considered "optional" and there were different chemo options that I was asked to choose among if I decided to have chemo at all. It was overwhelming. I had no idea how to navigate this and was filled with anxiety. After I completed my treatment 6 years ago, I was determined to try to help women with the knowledge I gained so they wouldn't have to go through the stress I did. I love volunteering at SHARE. The organization helps me to keep growing in my knowledge of the disease and it's wonderful to touch others. SHARE makes a difference one person at a time. It's a fantastic organization.
I was diagnosed in 2001 with Breast Cancer and joined a SHARE support group. Even though I knew, I could always find support here, it wasn't until I became a volunteer that I learne, first-hand how much of an impact SHARE makes on the lives of women who face a diagnosis of breast or ovarian with cancer. I grew to understand the importance of their support system and what they contributed to a women's survivorship in their battle against these diseases. Here at SHARE one can find an oasis away from the stress and turmoil , that living with cancer can bring and find support, be it emotion, informational or avocational support
I was diagnosed 7 years ago and introduced to SHARE by my surgeon and by the American Cancer Society. At SHARE I found tremendous support from the group leaders and other breast cancer survivors. Only they could understand how I felt. SHARE has always there for me and I will always be there for SHARE and all the the women diagnosed with breast cancer./
I came to SHARE 4four years ago diagnosed with Metastatic Breast cancer, I was afraid and alone feeling no one knew my pain. I was directed to a support group who later became my second family. SHARE is and always will be considered my family because when you see your sisters they know you by your first name and there is never any quarrels about who does what. WE ARE ALL EQUAL..........
I was able to hear first hand a tremendous testimony of Ovarian and Breast cancer patient. their testimony and their good spirit, help women in my organization to be motivated to go and check themselves for breast and cervic cancer. their testimony inspired the ladies and also awared them of symtoms and tests need it to be done in order to find out about this sickness and keep themselves healthy.
Just being able to share the very personal effects of cancer and treatment helped relieve my stress about the unkown. Sharing information was the main reason I joined SHARE but the very personal way that members reached out to me, helping me cope with the uncertainty of remission is what I treasure most. A friend of mine who was also ill said she would not join a group because it is so depressing when a member dies from the condition that she is trying to beat. Knowing that an individual you got to know at meetings had a relapse or did not make it even after remission is depressing, but hearing from other members, alive, and living well with this disease lifted my spirits and gave me hope.