The Gift Of Friendship Through Sharsheret’s Peer Support Network
I was diagnosed with stage 2B ovarian cancer in late December 2019. My prognosis was good, my spirits were high, and I managed to make it through surgery and chemotherapy with a positive attitude and a smile on my face. Thirteen months after treatment ended, I learned that the cancer had returned. My positive attitude was replaced by fear, my smile dulled by anxiety. Was this really happening? How was I going to make it through this again? What I needed more than anything was to speak to another woman who had walked my path. I reached out to Sharsheret and was pleased to learn about the Peer Support Network. Soon after that first conversation, my Sharsheret social worker introduced me to my peer supporter, Ruth Ann. Ruth Ann quickly became one of the most important people in my life. Aside from living with ovarian cancer, we have so much in common. She has been an unyielding source of strength and encouragement for me and it was exactly what I needed to begin the process of reclaiming my positive attitude and my smile. Every time we talk, I appreciate Ruth Ann’s understanding, advice, encouragement, and comforting words. Our connection, which began because of a shared health experience, has blossomed into the loveliest of friendships. We continue to talk frequently and support each other in all parts of our lives. Though we live hundreds of miles apart, we are looking forward to meeting in person one day. Thank you to Sharsheret for turning things around for me in a major way. They provided me not only with the support and resources I needed, but also with the gift a true friend.