I was diagnosed with breast cancer in November 1999, a month before my 57th birthday. My tumor was found when I went for my annual mammogram. I was lucky they found it when they did because it was small enough for me to have a lumpectomy and just radiation.
Following my surgery I did not go to a support group – I knew so many women that had had breast cancer that I was able to get what I needed from them. It was not until 4 or 5 years after my surgery that I felt the need to go to a support group. I have been divorced for many years and although I had been in long term relationships since my divorce, there was no one in my life and I was unsure how to go out into the single world as a breast cancer survivor.
I had known about SHARE for a long time and had attended a SHARE-A-Week event at a friend's home. So off I went to a SHARE support group. It was such a positive experience for me that I began to volunteer and have been on the Board of Directors for the past 4 years.
Based on how much better I felt after going to a support group, I realized how important SHARE is to both women and men affected by breast or ovarian cancer and I wanted to do what I could to ensure its future. So, when I was redoing the beneficiary designations on my Traditional IRA I included SHARE as a beneficiary, with a percentage going to SHARE and my synagogue, and the balance to my daughter.
It is so easy to change beneficiary designations on a retirement plan, no attorney is needed, and I even did mine online and received written confirmation in the mail.
I hope this gives you an idea of how you too can make sure that SHARE is in someone else's future when they need it. P.S. I have been in a wonderful new relationship for almost three years.