When and how did you get involved with SHARE?
Many years ago I lost a wonderful sister to breast cancer. So when I was also diagnosed with it almost 14 years ago, I felt that I needed to do something to help others who were going through this battle. I heard about SHARE from my oncologist and went to one of SHARE's meetings. It felt so comforting to be in an environment where others could understand me and I could relate to their problems. A few days later I called SHARE to see if they needed any volunteers.
What have you done for SHARE?
Initially, as a volunteer with SHARE, I answered the phone, stuffed envelopes, and did anything else that was needed. Within a few months, I was asked if I was interested in becoming the co-facilitator of the breast cancer ongoing support group. I continued leading this group for a number of years and then went on to facilitate the young women's group and the tamoxifen and aromatase inhibitors groups. I also helped with the scheduling of all the support and educational groups. In addition, I have been a volunteer on the SHARE HelpLine for over 13 years.
How has SHARE helped you?
SHARE has become a VERY important part of my life. It has helped me accept my sister's death and to understand that I'm not alone. That so many people are faced with major challenges and that as caring compassionate women, we can help others and at the same time help ourselves.
What is your 40th Anniversary wish for SHARE?
My great wish for SHARE is that a true cure can be found for cancer and that organizations like SHARE are no longer be needed. But until that day comes, I hope SHARE can always provide the help that it has been providing to so many people.