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Share Self-Help for Women with Breast or Ovarian Cancers, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Breast Cancer, Counseling, Health, Health (General & Financing), Health Support, Mental Health

Mission: SHARE's mission is to create and sustain a supportive community of women affected by breast or ovarian cancer and to provide the information and peer support they need to make informed medical decisions. We reach underserved communities and the general public with information about the symptoms, risks, screening and treatments for these cancers, with the goal of educating and empowering women to become their own health advocates.

Results: We're helping more people every day locally and nationally with supportive services, continually increasing the number of support groups we offer. We're reaching more states through our helpline and increasing services in underserved communities.

Target demographics: Everyone touched by breast or ovarian cancer, from diagnosis through survivorship, as well as caregivers and loved ones, and everyone seeking information about these diseases.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 32,000 people

Geographic areas served: In-person support and educational programs in metropolitan NY area and helplines available nation-wide.

Programs: All of SHARE's programs are free of charge, including toll-free helplines staffed by survivors, support groups, educational programs, and public health initiatives. SHARE provides bilingual patient navigators at two hospitals serving low-income populations, and we send breast and ovarian cancer survivors to speak to corporate employees through our Pink & Teal Seminars program. Our services are provided in English and in Spanish, and our helplines are available in 19 other languages as well.

Community Stories

148 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization has helped countless numbers of women with breast or ovarian cancer. It provides women with a sense of empowerment in dealing with this complex disease by offering help on so many levels, such as providing information about current research and how to cope with the impact of surgery and treatment. The thing about SHARE is that one derives benefit by both giving and receiving help.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with SHARE for over ten years. I have been diagnosed with breast cancer twice and did not have the benefit of support that SHARE has to offer the first time. It was after becoming a volunteer on the hotline that I got my 2nd diagnosis and could not have asked for more support - it gave me emotinal support from women who had walked in those shoes, and practical support (when to shave my head, buy a wigs etc.). I continue to be a volunteer on the breast cancer hotline and am grateful to be able to use my experience to hold out a hand to other women. Thank you SHARE.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Through SHARE, I was able to get support and information from other women going through treatment as well as expert facilitators who had already been in our shoes. It was an open, collaborative, positive place where we could "share" and help each other. It was comforting to know I had many of the same questions and concerns other women did. SHARE was also a great resource for information -- both their library and referrals to experts.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I learned about SHARE during my hospital stay for a modified mastectomy and reconstructive surgery in 1997. SHARE was truly an anchor for me during the years immediately following my breast cancer diagnosis. It was so important and meaningful to be surrounded by other women who were "in the same boat", physically and emotionally. I actually participated in THREE groups, and all of my group leaders were outstanding. Through SHARE I learned about the "sentinel node dissection" procedure, a method of tracking cancer cell migration without removing a cluster of underarm lymph nodes. Also I learned of physicians in the NYC area who pioneered this procedure. I attended lectures about the newest techniques in breast conservation and reconstructive surgery. I borrowed materials from SHARE's library of books, videotapes and articles. Eventually I volunteered for SHARE, helping with office work and with SHARE-A-WALK. I secured a screening location for the film "Out of Africa", which SHARE aired for a fundraising function a few years a go. I continue to donate to SHARE, and I have a good friend who I met in one of my support groups. It's wonderful to know that SHARE is there for me if I should need its direct support in the future.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

SHARE became a part of my life when my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1993. My mother needed to connect with women that understood what she was going through. My mom joined a group in Harlem. SHARE helped my mother understand cancer. My mother in turn helped her children understand cancer. SHARE members helped my mom and her children to not be afraid. My mom passed in 1997. In 1998, several members of my family proudly participated in our first SHARE walk-a-thon, in honor of our mother, Elaine M. Johnson. After that first walk-a-thon experience, I began recruiting friends and family to walk with me. Words can express the joy I felt walking every year. SHARE is a wonderful organization that not only helps women with breast and ovarian cancer, they also support family and friends of women with breast and ovarian cancer. My family wouldn't have adjusted as well without SHARE. Thank you SHARE.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

When I was diagnosed with breast cancer I knew nothing much about it. My oncologist told me about SHARE. It was very helpful to know there was a network of people who were going through something like what I was. I started with a support group. I fount the yoga classes with Roberta Shine particularly helpful as well as some of the presentations, especially the "Fireside chats" I've not been able to be involved recently and miss those contacts

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a two-time survivor of breast cancer. The first was in 1997 when I was diagnosed with invasive, aggressive DCIS. My surgeon is on the Board of SHARE, and I picked up a leaflet in her office. I had important decisions to make, and was completely overwhelmed. The hot line volunteers were wonderful support, and referred me to resources. Also the educational seminars helped keep me informed about the disease and the treatment options. At the time SHARE also had many wellness programs like yoga, meditation, reiki, support groups,etc. All of their services are free, and available in outer boroughs as well. Most of the staff consists of dedicated volunteers, almost all of whom are breast or ovarian cancer survivors. They have to be commended for the excellent service they provide with very limited resources.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Like most of us I was in quite a fog after being diagnosed with DCIS. My manager told me about SHARE and since I commuted to Manhattan every day and they had a location in Times Square I decided to attend. I only attended 3 meetings before my surgery but they helped me so much. The leaders were all survivors themselves, it was just women helping women so it was very comfortable. Listening helped me to ask the right questions at my doctors appointments and make decisions about next steps. This organization has made a major commitment to reach out and help - women helping women.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I called SHARE when I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. My mother had had cancer, and now it was my turn. I used the Hotline, then joined a support group. I went to a meditation group. They held my hand and got me through. I then became a volunteer, ran support groups, and finally joined the Board. I have nothing but good things to say. SHARE is there for people.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This organization has been a sustaining force and friend for our cancer patients and survivors for several decades. Beyond their essential contribution as the largest breast cancer patient advocacy group in New York, SHARE is enhancing the knowledge of health care providers throughout NYC and helping hospitals like ours to make our service delivery more effective for ethnically diverse women. We anticipate that this collaboration will enable us to become better advocates on behalf of our diverse patients and survivors. We have grown a lot through our interactions with SHARE - they are an essential conduit for us to stay in touch with national and state level perspectives as well.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was diagnosed in 1996 and found Share through friends. It was a lifesaver in so many ways. Telephone volunteers gave me support and information about how to proceed, and allowed me to feel I was not alone. I participated in an ongoing support group after my surgery and then returned for groups on reconstruction and lectures on new treatments offerred by nationally known figures in the field. It is truly a wonderful organization doing a tremendous public service for its clients on a shoestring budget.

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Former Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am one of the women who founded SHARE in 1976 - the charter vice-President. SHARE began at time when there was little information for survivors or breast cancer and one did not easily come out with the fact that you had the disease. I had a mastectomy, without reconstruction, in 1975. SHARE helped me to talk about my cancer, to get in touch with my fears about it (my sister had died of breast cancer 5 years earlier) and helped me resolve to help others like me. SHARE still does all these things and does them well. In addition SHARE is a leader in spreading the word about the need for more research, more search for a cure and more support for survivors.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was diagnosed with stage-four breast cancer three years ago. Somehow in all my frenzy I was recommended to Share and to Roberta Hufnagel who ran a group for women with stage-four breast cancer. I went to the in person group she ran once because it is hard for me to get into New York City by train and then Share started a call in phone group specifically for women in my categorary. Since then I have called in every Monday at 4:00 pm almost all the time. I have missed very few sessions. During this time we speak about our own experiences, discuss medications we are on and how we are feeling emotionally. It is really a wonderful outlet for our feelings. The leader, Roberta Hufnagel, is very knowledgeable as well as very supportive. I look forward every week to my group but of course find it very hard when one of the members gets sicker or dies. In my case I have been doing well but now my markers are on the rise and the group has been there to support me. I hope that I can continue to be healthy and that I will have the services of this group to help me through the rough spots and that I will be able to help someone else too. Share is a wonderful organization helping people the best they can.

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Former staff

Rating: 5

I came to SHARE as a volunteer in 1995. In 1998 I began working part time coordinating programs in Queens, New York. In 2002 I became the Director of SHARE's Ovarian Cancer programs until Spring 2009. SHARE had been there for me and I wanted to give back. At the time of my original breast cancer diagnosis there were other organizations out there. SHARE was the only one that empowered me while supporting me. The opportunities at SHARE are endless. You can come to SHARE when you are in need and leave, but why would you when you learn giving back can be a way to support you too. I now find myself living with two cancers and SHARE is there for me once more but I am there for SHARE. I can't wait until I have the energy to give back once more.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I learned about SHARE several years ago when I became involved with educating fellow lawyers and others in the legal community about breast cancer. I have known many people who were directly helped by SHARE, in a very meaningful way (I am also a nurse and so I have heard many accounts over the years.)I have learned a great deal from the SHARE programs and its website. For cutting edge information, they are an invaluable resource, and I have relied on them in identifying important issues for conferences that I have helped plan. They use their resources wisely, and they appreciate every gift. If I had vast resources to offer, they would be at the top of my list.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

After my diagnosis of breast cancer a friend recommended Share. Going to Share helped me retain my sanity through all the fear and confusion. I felt so alone as no one I knew was going through the nightmare. I was put in a newly diagnosed group with a leader. At first it was akward and uncomfortable but after 3 months the group had so bonded we remained friends for over 8 yrs. Now some have passed and others have moved on with their lives. I'm can't imagine going through those first few years without the support of Share and the group. I think their support and love is why I am still a survivor.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2002. I felt the need to speak with other breast cancer patients who were going through the same experience to help me forge through my cancer treatment. I enrolled in "Women in Treatment" and to my delight found a lovely group of women who just needed to vent and commiserate with others experiencing the same side effects and fears. We laughed and cried, but would leave each meeting with more confidence that we could make it through another week of grueling and debilitating side effects from chemotherapy. I am still friendly with two women I met at Share and we meet every few months for dinner. It is with great sadness that I've learned that one of these women has developed metastatic breast cancer. Share is a wonderfu organization and it helped me through the most challenging time in my life. Mindy Horowitz

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I found out about Share at the hospital when I was undergoing treatments for breast cancer 9 years ago. They have support groups, telephone support and educational programs. They have many support groups geared to different interests and age groups. They helped me get through a very difficult time. Everyone I have dealt with at Share is caring and supportive.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I learned about SHARE from a friend over 8 years ago when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. After some encouragement and with some skepticism, I joined a SHARE support group. It was a wonderful experience and extremely helpful in dealing with the many issues around my diagnosis and treatment. In addition to being a recipient of services, including educational programs, I have since volunteered at SHARE in several capacities. Volunteering for me is an opportunity to use my breast cancer experience and knowledge to help other individuals and to advocate for improved diagnostic tools, treatments, prevention and a cure for breast cancer. SHARE’s staff is knowledgeable and supportive and, with it’s volunteers, form a community that provides opportunity for connection, support and empowerment. I'm always reminded how lucky I have been to have connected with SHARE. I hope that SHARE will continue to grow to expand its visability and reach, so that more people have similar opportunities.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I was first diagnosed with breast cancer, I had family support, but no support from anyone who had dealt with breast cancer personally. Someone at work introduced me Share and I became involved. I got involved on both ends. I started participating in groups when I was diagnosed with with breast cancer 21 years ago.I eventually led support groups. Now 21 years later I am still involved doing hotline calls from home. Share was wonderful for me and I hear the grateful voices of the women on the hotline. They are so grateful to have someone to talk to, even if they can't attend any of the programs. (Some of the women live in other states).

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Former Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was introduced to SHARE through a friend after my breast cancer surgery. I joined a 6-week support group at SHARE's midtown office in Manhattan. The facilitator, knowledgable and excellent in providing answers to questions that participants had and encouraging the group to participate in open discussions which helped to lighten the burden of dealing with the treatment and therapy following surgery, a highly anxious time in my life. I kept in touch with SHARE volunteering during the fund-raising walks that SHARE had and later participating in advocacy programs in DC and Albany. I served on the hotline for four years knowing I was empowering women during a difficult stage in our lives.

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Former Volunteer

Rating: 5

Helped organize SHARE's participation in meeting with Albany state leaders to discuss breast cancer survivor issues, and advocate for programs and services. A group of women affiliated with SHARE went to Albany and met with state leaders to keep them attuned and informed and request their support.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have had the privilege of working on several of SHARE's ovarian programs during the last four years. The most significant being the implementation of SHARE's toll-free Ovarian Cancer Hotline. The Hotline is a service which provides women diagnosed with ovarian cancer or who have suspicious symptoms and their family and friends with support, information, resources and hope. SHARE's Hotline is staffed by trained volunteers are themselves ovarian cancer survivors, and thus can relate to callers on a personal level, identifying with the callers concerns, fears, and experience. Most importantly, having lived through the experience, SHARE's Hotline volunteers provide callers with hope.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The people at share were invaluable in helping come to terms with my emotions and experience of cancer. I didn't know what to think of my life after cancer, I didn't feel normal but Share made me find my new normal. I am so glad there were the programs the facilitate to support women trough this hard experience and the community they serve come together and find hope and strength.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This charity serves as a resource center for people with breast and/or ovarian cancer as well as for their friends and relatives. Share does wonderful job at passing along information in a gentle and very relevant way and they always have someone available to discuss anything from the specific to the general.

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Former Volunteer

Rating: 5

My work in advocacy was as unexpected as my breast cancer diagnosis. It was the women of SHARE who helped me in this journey. When I first walked through SHARE's door twenty years ago with a diagnosis that might have defeated me, I immediately felt a sense of empowerment. SHARE was and is a community where empathy, support and intelligent information overflow. My first support group there helped me adjust to my "new normal" and I later used that strength to facilitate many groups myself. The training I received was remarkable. With SHARE's guidance, I became politically active, lobbying in Washington DC and connecting to other advocates nationally, even inaugurating a breast cancer patient advocacy program in a New York hospital.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Even though I was officially the instructor, I learned so much more from the participants who attended my workshops and classes. We had lively forums in which women freely shared their own experience and what they had learned from research and personal interaction with health care professionals. Their needs led me to further develop classes addressing exercise for osteoporosis, in which they had a high level of interest. I would like to think that we evolved together.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I was diagnosed with late stage ovarian cancer, I despartely needed hope to face this deadly disease. As a Hotline volunteer for the past 4 years,I have have been priveliged to be the first survivor to talk to a newly diagnosed woman or provide needed support to a woman with recurrent disease or someone who has symptoms. This is the most rewarding "job" I have ever done.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

In 1976 when I was diagnosed there was no SHARE but there was a surgeon (mine) who believed in self help. As a member of that self help group with many other angry & scared women we used that energy to form a group and named it SHARE. In reading all the reviews I am very proud of the organization SHARE has become. I am fortunate that 34 years later I am alive and healthy and I am relieved to know that if that should change SHARE will be there to help. As long as women are diagnosed with breast or ovarian cancer there will be a need for SHARE.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was the recipient of much information, help and kindness when I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1991. As a result of the information received I was able to make life saving decisions. Along with my doctor I decided on a lumpectomy rather than a mastectomy. This proved to be the right thing to do. Thank you SHARE.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I became a volunteer because SHARE was so helpful to me when I was diagnosed in 1996. I found it very comforting when I called the hotline and could speak with someone who understood the trauma of the newly diagnosed because she had experienced it. I joined a newly diagnosed group which provided both emotional support and a great deal of useful information. I continue to attend educational programs to keep up with the ever changing developments in breast cancer treatment and follow-up.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

SHARE was a lifeline of emotional support and information at a very difficult moment. I don't know how my family and I would have survived that experience without their help.

5 courtrighther

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Being a Breast Cancer Awareness advocate I'm aware of the great work Share does through friends that are Breast Cancer survivors.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

A friend suggested that I contact SHARE, 25 years ago when, at the age of 41, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I found the support I needed to get through the trauma of the diagnosis, the recovery from surgery and the disorientation of life post-treatment. I began teaching yoga in their wellness program and continued offering classes for the next 20 years. I also serve on the Advisory Committee for Latina SHARE. SHARE has provided a safe, nurturing environment which has been an invaluable tool for me and thousands of others as we move along our healing paths.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

Share is very effective in guiding women who have been diagnosed with or are living with breast or ovarian cancer. They have many programs that help them deal and live with these deseases through the many "FREE" programs they provide throughout the year. They also have a "Hotline" where you can call in and talk and ask questions of a "Survivor" who has been trained to help you.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

SHARE offers breast and ovarian cancer survivors a way to keep up with the ever-changing developments in cancer care with meetings and lectures featuring prominent oncologists, cancer survivors, leaders of major advocacy groups, such as the National Breast Cancer Coalition, and legislators discussing health-care reform. It also provides many different support groups, including breast and ovarian cancer, caregivers and lymphedema, to name a few. The organization also offers national hotlines to help breast and ovarian cancer survivors cope emotionally and get information on attending support groups in their area and phone numbers and websites on obtaining financial support, such as Medicaid.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Women with Ovarian Cancer bonding together and sharing they're experience. The camraderie amongst these ladies informs me that I'm not alone. Tons of information is shared along with up to date health status. Also with women with breast cancer as well.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I was first diagnosed with breast cancer, SHARE volunteers helped me overcome feelings of fear, confusion, and aloneness, and showed me the strength of self-help, peer groups in developing a feeling of empowerment in the face of this disease. Later on, as a volunteer, I was able to help other women go through this same process. SHARE was a pioneer in emotional support for women, by women who had walked in the same shoes.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

they were very supportive when i was first dx with breast cancer. they gave me the strength i needed to keeping fighting, Alex and Ivis without them i could not have done it they were their 24/7 for me and so were the other survivors from the spanish support group. thank you Ivis keep doing the work you do for us at the latina share

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My first contact with SHARE was nearly 10 years ago when I was newly diagnosed with breast cancer and joined a SHARE-sponsored support group. Almost immediately I was thinking of ways to "give back," training first as a Hotline volunteer and then going through a series of scientific advocacy trainings. SHARE has taught me that there is more to do than worry.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My first contact with SHARE was through their survivor hotline. When I was first diagnosed with breast cancer, I felt so isolated and confused. It was shocking and surreal. Speaking to someone who was a survivor was a blessing. I am so thankful for the voice on the other end of the phone that helped me through this challenging time. She knew what I was going through and became a valuable member of my support network. I also thank my primary care physician, a breast cancer survivor, for recommending that I call SHARE.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

It doesn't matter your educational level or how in control you think you are, when you hear the doctor say "cancer" your world seems to stop. The isolation and fear can be overwhelming for the patient as well as the family. What could be more comforting than to have someone say "I understand, I've been through it"---that is what SHARE is all about. There are many organization that focus on research and finding a cure but for the people going through it right now there is SHARE.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was diagnosed with late stage breast cancer and was set very much apart from ordinary life.I needed to learn more about the disease that was at the least changing my life drastically or at the most taking it completely. At Share I found an organization that offered the medical information I needed to understand what was happening to me within an environment that was emotionally nourishing. I also realized that my diagnosis put me in the position of being able to make a unique contribution to others. Share enabled me to do that by including me into their group going to Washington D.C. to lobby for medical research. In addition, I needed help to regain physical strength after very extreme surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. Once again Share came through as their exercise program was geared to do just that. I am now feeling well and involved in an active life. Every once in a while I come in contact with a woman who has been newly diagnosed. It is always the same-- this woman is scared, bewildered,demoralized. Share is there, Share will help, Share's reason for being continues.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

When I was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1990, and then again when I got hit with both breast and fallopian cancer in 2007, SHARE was a mainstay of support and information. The 1990 experience included a support group of women like myself -- premenopausal with young children -- which helped to lessen my isolation as a younger person with an older woman's disease. In 2007, again I found myself in a minority, this time with a BRCA mutation. And again, particularly through SHARE's peer referral system, I was able to talk with women who had also been diagnosed with a mutation and had to deal with the cancers and multiple surgeries and procedures that followed.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I joined SHARE soon after I was operated on for endometrial cancer. It was the link I needed between dealing with the fear and getting my life back. When I joined I believe I was the first hot line volunteer with EC. Helping others for the time I was involved helped me also. Great Great organization!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Share was a blessing for me with the support groups and educational lectures for breast cancer. A tremendous source of updated information about breast cancer.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Share was an invaluable help to me when I had breast cancer and in recovery. The hot line volunteer was so helpful and comforting, the support group exactly what I needed during treatment, and I have greatly appreciated all the auxiliary activities Share sponsored or referred me to (recently a Qi Gong class at St. Vincent's) to ensure my continued health.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

SHARE's services to the Spanish speaking community are unique in many ways. They offer support groups that not only serve the cancer survivors but their friends and family alike. SHARE has develop programs to address the needs of this community like no other organization in NYC has done. SHARE provides education, advocacy and nutrition programs in Spanish, to name a few. The latest idea, a novella to educate young Latinas about breast cancer. The attention to the needs and realities of this particular community is what makes SHARE, and particularly its LatinaSHARE Program such a success.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

SHARE is an extremely important organization. They provide support & info for people who are dx'ed & dealing w/cancer in their lives. They are there for U at one of the most scary & anxiety-ridden times of your life.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer 4 years ago and went through major surgery and chemotherapy. Because of the rarity of the disease, local patients and survivors were few and far between. I went to the Internet and found acor and through them, SHARE. Even at a distance of 3000 miles, thanks to the Internet I have been able to acquire information via SHARE.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I found SHARE's services quite helpful when I was getting treated for breast cancer. They always have people available on their hotlines. I have also attended many educational programs and other activities that they sponsor. They are a great support to women being treated for breast and ovarian cancer as well as to their families.

6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

SHARE provides peer suppport to women with breast or ovarian cancer and their families. It also educates and empowers them to effectively cope with their illness. SHARE is there for cancer survivors both during and after diagnosis and treatment.

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Former staff

Rating: 5

I have worked with a number of non-profits in New York City, but few are as dedicated to empowering the people with whom they work as SHARE. Everyone - from staff to volunteers - is a survivor who is using her experience to educate and inspire others. SHARE gives people affected by cancer the hope and support they need to live their lives more fully than ever.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I attended programs at SHARE throughout my journey with breast cancer, from diagnosis, through various stages of surgery and treatment, to living cancer-free. At each step, SHARE had something to offer that was informative, e.g., latest advancements in treatments, sanity-enhancing, e.g., newly-diagnosed support group and a post-treatment support group, or just fun, e.g., Pilates classes. In my experience, every SHARE activity has been of the highest quality presented by caring, attentive, smart women, most of whom have been where I have.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was introduced to SHARE soon after I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2001. I knew little about the disease & was very frightened at the prospect of surgery and chemotherapy. From the moment I spoke with the hotline director, I began to feel hopeful, as if I did not have to go through cancer alone and could have some control over the direction my life had taken. I joined a support group, attended informational workshops that gave me knowledge and support that empowered me to make treatment decisions and life decisions. My support group continues to meet several times a year & we will celebrate our ninth anniversary of being cancer-free next fall. I continue my connection SHARE as a volunteer on the hotline and in fundraising activities. SHARE operates on a shoe-string budget with a dedicated staff and volunteers. I have worked for non-profit organizations for 40 years and can honestly say that SHARE accomplishes more with less than any other organization I have ever seen.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Share helped me enormously as both a patient/client and then as a volunteer. Their counseling services and then their support groups helped me get through a very difficult and potentially life-threatening time in my life. I was so impressed with them that I subsequently became a volunteer and advocate, attending a training weekend in Washington. Thank you for empowering me and keep up the good work!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

SHARE is an outstanding organization. I first heard about it from Elaine Lowenstein (may she rest in peace) in 1986. Gloria G.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization does amazing things for women (and their family members and others) who are dealing with a cancer diagnosis. I think that my group was the single most supportive and positive experience during the my treatment and recovery and was very helpful in dealing with the every day issues that arise. It deserves all the support it can get.

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Former staff

Rating: 5

In 1995, I developed and directed the first direct service ovarian cancer program in the country which SHARE was starting as a new adjunct to its breast cancer program. It paralleled the breast program's services: hot line, support groups, wellness and educational programs. During my time at SHARE, we also started a project titled "SOS, SHARE OVARIAN SURVIVORS" dedicated to raising awareness for the need of early detection of a disease which was and continues to be difficult to diagnose in it earliest stages. Using ovarian cancer survivors/volunteers we spoke to groups in the medical community and the community at large (women's groups) about what it took to be diagnosed, what happened afterwards and where we were in our journey at that point. It was an extremely effective form of communication and a means of raising awareness for early detection. As we know, the experiential can be a very powerful tool to reach others.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This extraordinary organization offers services free of charge with a hot line, education programs, peer support groups and patient navigators. SHARE provides comfort and support for those newly diagnosed, in treatment, post treatment and metastatic. SHARE provides evidence based information to women to help them with decision making in their treatments. SHARE also has volunteers who focus on advocacy through legislation and science to be able to inform women on evidence based medicine, and quality care. These advocates also sit on committees and boards in decision making positions on breast and ovarian cancer health care and research funding. SHARE has been in existence for over 30 years. it has a small staff and a dedicated group of volunteers serving over 30,000 women and their families each year

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Share has been an incredible force in my life. The women that I have met there will always be great friends, confidants and sisters in the fight of our lives. We Share with each other and help each other to find information. As a young woman diagnosed with breast cancer, I found it incredibly empowering to meet other women so willing to share their experiences with me in order to make mine easier to deal with. I enjoyed giving back in the same way. And it was therapeutic for me to do that at that time in my life.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer more than 18 years ago, I was shocked, emotionally and psychologically broken, wrote a will and thought I was going to die. My partner had a friend who recommended SHARE. When I thought my days were numbered, SHARE became my lifeline, and I met the most caring, knowledgeable, empowering, supportive, loving women I could ever have imagined. I became attended support groups, shared my story which helped to help others advocate for themselves through the labyrinth of hospitals, doctors and insurance. My love of SHARE and what it has accomplished over the years has no boundaries. While I am no longer involved on a weekly basis, SHARE knows that they can count on my support anytime.