"I've never thought of myself as an activist. I think the word I would use is advocate. That's what I've always done in my career. That started very young for me, as an advocate for a family member who had some challenges."
"I'm a person who rises to the occasion. I think that if there is need around me, and I feel I can do something about, I will see it as my responsibility to accomplish that."
"I always wanted to be one of these people who traveled internationally and save the Third World. I never did that. But I've done it on a different scale, closer to home. All of my patients, since the beginning of my work, involved people who are impoverished, many of them homeless, many of them addicted to drugs, most have horribly abusive backgrounds; their stories are horrible. They all responded so incredibly positively to someone who genuinely cared about them. Patients said, 'No one has ever shown that they cared about me.' Imagine that they didn't have that ever in their lives. The first time they heard that was from a doctor at a time when they had a fatal illness."
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Jewish Women's Archive. "Jewish Women's Archive - Women Who Dared - Abby Shevitz on PATH TO ACTIVISM." <http://jwa.org/exhibits/wwd/jsp/fullAnswer.jsp>.
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Jewish Women's Archive, "Jewish Women's Archive - Women Who Dared - Abby Shevitz on PATH TO ACTIVISM," <http://jwa.org/exhibits/wwd/jsp/fullAnswer.jsp>.