When and how did you get involved with SHARE?
I had gone for my yearly routine mammogram in July of 1999. The radiologist told me there might be a problem. I then had to go for a surgical biopsy (a lumpectomy). When the pathology report came back, I was shocked like any other woman would be upon hearing the words, "breast cancer." My chiropractor then told me about a wonderful organization...SHARE. I gave them a call and spoke to someone and then a few months later I got involved in a SHARE support group for newly diagnosed women with breast cancer. I was relieved to be able to share my fears and concerns with other women who truly understood. And when that group was over I joined another SHARE support group with most of the same women.
What have you done for SHARE?
The journey of life is very mysterious. I never could have imagined on that day in July of 1999 that the results of my routine yearly mammogram would have had such an impact on my life. After retiring from teaching in July of 2000 I wanted to give back to SHARE. Thus, since January of 2001, I have been a volunteer at this wonderful organization. I go to SHARE's office every week, where I handle large mailings, update the SHARE office calendar and group lists, and mail out donation thank you letters. I go to NYU Medical School and other Medical schools to speak to med students regarding my experience of having had breast cancer. I am also a volunteer each year at A Second Helping Of Life, SHARE'S Fall Fundraising Event.
How has SHARE helped you?
As I mentioned above, I had been in two SHARE support groups in 2000 for newly diagnosed women with breast cancer. SHARE, you were there for me in my time of need and I will always be grateful. Thank You. Also, no amount of money could ever give me the satisfaction that I feel when I volunteer at SHARE knowing I am helping other women who have been diagnosed with breast or ovarian cancer. As the adage goes, "To give is to receive."
What is your 40th anniversary wish for SHARE?
My first wish is that one day all cancer will be eradicated around the globe. But until then my wish for SHARE's 40th anniversary is that they may have ANOTHER 40 years of helping women who are diagnosed with breast or ovarian cancer. No woman should have to go through breast or ovarian cancer alone...and for these women to know that SHARE'S support is just a phone call away.