Meet a Breast Cancer Helpline Volunteer: Leslie

Meet a Breast Cancer Helpline Volunteer:  Leslie
This is part of our "Meet a Volunteer" series, highlighting the incredible ovarian and breast cancer survivors and thrivers who volunteer with SHARE to support other women facing these diseases. If you're interested in becoming a volunteer yourself, click here!

 

  1. Why did you decide to be a SHARE Breast Cancer Helpline volunteer?

I had some beautiful breast cancer survivors help me through my journey, and I wanted to do the same for other women.

 

  1.   What do you like most about being a Helpline volunteer? 

I love supporting and guiding women through the maze of confusion after being diagnosed. I also learn from them along the way.

 

  1. When were you diagnosed and what was your diagnosis?

I was diagnosed in June 2011 at 48 years old with IDC and DCIS. I had a lumpectomy, clearing of margins, radiation, and I took Tamoxifen for 5 years.

 

  1. Where are you now, as far as your breast cancer “journey?”  

I am almost 9 years out and living a full, healthy life. I get a yearly mammogram and am well done with all my treatments.

 

  1.   In addition to volunteering for SHARE, what else do you do? What do you (or did you) do for work?

I was a Radiologic Technologist. I am now retired. I volunteer as an Imerman Angel, and I spent many years as a Wish Granter for Make-A-Wish.

 

  1. What do you do for fun?

I sculpt and dabble in art. I love to help others and give back. I love to workout and just enjoy every day here on this beautiful earth.

 

  1.   What did you learn about yourself while going through your breast cancer experience? 

To let go and let God. Control the things I can control and have faith that God will take care of the rest.

 

  1. What priorities did you have before and after? 

My husband and my children. Now as a divorced woman and a mother of two adult children, it’s time to embark on a deeper spiritual journey and fly free!!!

 

  1. Any other insights that you want to share? 

Life is ever changing, and we all need to learn to embrace it.