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!