Meet a Breast Cancer Helpline Volunteer: Janise

Meet a Breast Cancer Helpline Volunteer: Janise


1. Why did you decide to be a SHARE Breast Cancer Helpline volunteer?
I found out about SHARE from a fellow SHARE volunteer that I met at a breast cancer
support group called Bay Area Young Survivors (baysnet.org), a group for those in the
bay area diagnosed with breast cancer before age 45. SHARE sounded like such an
amazing way to help other breast cancer patients/survivors across the country, and I
wanted to give back, as I received so much support from BAYS. I've been with SHARE
for just over 1 year!

2. What do you like most about being a Helpline volunteer?
Sometimes when I get a call, I feel nervous about whether I will be able to provide the
support that the caller needs. However, at the end of the call--when the caller thanks
me, and genuinely expresses that I was able to help--I feel like there is a reason why I
went through the experience of breast cancer. It feels wonderful to be able use the
challenges I have experienced to help someone else through their challenges.

3. When were you diagnosed and what was your diagnosis?
I was diagnosed in August 2018 with DCIS.

4. Where are you now, as far as your breast cancer “journey?”
I have been on tamoxifen for just over a year and a half.

5. In addition to volunteering for SHARE, what else do you do? What do you (or
did you) do for work?
I am a lawyer.

6. What do you do for fun?
During this pandemic, I have been playing a lot of board games online with friends over
zoom!