So much of my identity is the work that I do. When you're younger, you have this vision of what can I do to maybe make a difference in people's lives. And people say to me, how do you do the work that you do? I'm talking about my day job, my paying job. People say, how can you do that? How can you constantly see women, work with women who have breast cancer.
And to me, it's an honor to meet all these people. I'm sorry, I can't help that they have breast cancer. Right now, at least, I can't help that they have breast cancer. But at least I can help them get through their process. So that's kind of how I look at it.
When I meet somebody I'll say, 'I'm sorry, I wish I were meeting you at Star Market, but I guess we have to meet here, so what can I do to help you?' And it's a really wonderful feeling when someone says to you, 'Before I spoke to you on the phone or before I met you I was in a total panic and now you've explained things and I feel so much better.' It's just become part of me feeling good about myself. You have to feel good about yourself to feel good about all aspects of your life and feel good about what I do at work and then I go home and I'm happy and I enjoy my family.
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Jewish Women's Archive. "Jewish Women's Archive - Women Who Dared - Judi Hirshfield-Bartek on IMPACT ON SELF." <http://jwa.org/exhibits/wwd/jsp/fullAnswer.jsp>.
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Jewish Women's Archive, "Jewish Women's Archive - Women Who Dared - Judi Hirshfield-Bartek on IMPACT ON SELF," <http://jwa.org/exhibits/wwd/jsp/fullAnswer.jsp>.