All of my work for the National Breast Cancer Coalition and also the Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition and more recently Jewish Women's Coalition for Breast Cancer is totally volunteer, on my own time. Plus, I had a full-time job... It's a big balancing act and I know that things suffered at home. I was away a lot at the very beginning - at least twice a month for a few days at a time. And then I'd come back and have to make up the work that I'd missed at my job! And it was one of those, how do you figure it out, because you can't really have it all and you have to figure out where the balance is going to be. I haven't figured it out yet, but my kids have gotten older...
In the beginning it was hard. My kids were little and my husband was great, 'Mamma has to go to Washington, she's working in Washington now.' But as they've gotten older, I know that they clearly understand... I brought both Matt and Mara with me different times to the National Breast Cancer Coalition's advocacy conference. So they could really sit and see what is all this about, come to Congress, lobby with me and learn what freedom of speech is all about.
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