Sharon started volunteering for Brain Tumour Support in late 2020 having attended face-to-face support groups prior to the pandemic. She had been an NHS nurse for 32 years when she was diagnosed with an extremely rare brain tumour in September 2019.
The tumour proved inoperable, and Sharon has undergone various non-surgical treatments including chemotherapy and radiotherapy. However the intense treatment has also affected her health and as a result in December 2021 she was diagnosed with severe heart failure.
Despite this Sharon has made an amazing contribution to Brain Tumour Support during a very challenging period, and with the impact of lockdown and Covid changing the way we support people. She currently hosts the Hampshire and Dorset friendship zoom groups. The group provides fortnightly online meetings for companionship and support, and has been a vital resource for its members in the last two years.
Sharon also facilitates the Hampshire and Dorset BTS Facebook group, and has is always available to support her peers and will be there for people to support them emotionally when needed and also drawing on her medical and clinical knowledge when people need it. She has also used her professional background to great effect putting together information sheets on aspects of diagnosis and treatment, as well as writing insightful guest blogs for the BTS website.
Alongside being a support volunteer Sharon has also done some amazing fundraising, including her ‘brave the shave challenge’, raising over £3000 in total to date.
Sharon’s story is truly inspirational and the contribution she makes to the charity is invaluable. The positive impact she has on others speaks volumes of her commitment to being a volunteer and how helping others also contributes to her well being and sense of achievement.
I really enjoy volunteering for BTS it has allowed me to feel like me again since retiring. It gives me a feeling of self-worth that I had when nursing.
June 1st-7th is Volunteers’ Week – a time to say a big thank you to all our wonderful volunteers.
If you are inspired to join this special part of the Brain Tumour Support family why not get in touch and find out more from Gavin! Drop him a line on email@example.com