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Grace: Why I Volunteer On Share’s Hotline

Grace: Why I Volunteer On Share’s Hotline

I was diagnosed with breast cancer back in 1993 and it was a great shock to me. I came to SHARE even before I had my surgery because I needed to talk to someone. Then around 2001, I got back in touch with SHARE to volunteer, and I've been working on the Helpline ever since.

Shirley: What I Get From Share

Shirley: What I Get From Share

When I came to SHARE, I was warmly welcomed by the people here, and I more or less felt at home right away. So I have been volunteering for SHARE for about two years now.

Coming to SHARE really does something to my mental status that gives me a lift.

Cheryl: Stage 1 Ovarian Cancer

Cheryl: Stage 1 Ovarian Cancer

My name is Cheryl and I am one of the few women that are diagnosed with Stage 1 ovarian cancer. The cancer was found as a result of a follow-up CT scan I had for kidney stones. When my CT scan results came back, a cyst was noted on my left ovary, so I was referred to a gynecologist by my physician.

Linda: Clear Cell Ovarian Cancer

Linda: Clear Cell Ovarian Cancer

Hello! I was diagnosed with clear cell ovarian cancer on March 31, 1993 at the age of 45 -- a full 20 years ago!

My story actually begins about 3 months prior to my diagnosis. I had my regular appointment with my gynecologist for my yearly physical exam.

Judith: Stage IIIc: Epithelial Stage III Ovarian Cancer

Judith: Stage IIIc: Epithelial Stage III Ovarian Cancer

In September of 1999, while exercising, I had acid reflux every time I bent at the waist. When this continued for around three weeks, I made an appointment with my gynecologist. Years before, I had a hysterectomy for fibroids, but asked that my ovaries be left in if they were healthy so I could have a normal menopause. They were healthy.

Maria Cristina

Maria Cristina

My name is Maria Cristina Hernández (born in 1955). In May 2005 I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, stage III. On June 1st, I suffered (yes ... suffered) a tremendous surgery. For 45 days I had a catheter and after that I started a series of 6 severe chemo sessions.

Lisa: Stage IV Ovarian Cancer

Lisa: Stage IV Ovarian Cancer

SHARE is deeply saddened by the loss of Lisa Franklin to Stage IV ovarian cancer on June 24, 2015. Lisa died peacefully at her home, surrounded by her loving family. This profile, which shows her relentless efforts to make all women aware of the symptoms and risk of ovarian cancer, was posted shortly after she learned of her recurrence.

Gennie: Stage III Ovarian Cancer Survivor

Gennie: Stage III Ovarian Cancer Survivor

Who is a cancer survivor? A survivor is anyone living with a history of cancer – from the moment of diagnosis, the very first time you hear the word cancer, through the remainder of your life. I am now a stage III ovarian cancer survivor since April 8, 2011. One of the first questions I get asked is, "What were your symptoms?" I can tell you there are many symptoms that disguise this silent killer.

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