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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!!!
- Any other insights that you want to share?
Life is ever changing, and we all need to learn to embrace it.