Sharon's best friend in high school was Grace Turner.When Sharon told her high school boyfriend, Frank Barritt, that she was pregnant after he had pressured her to have sex, he wanted nothing to do with her or his child.
But Noah lived, so Grace decided to keep Cassie until the "time was right" to tell Sharon.
Grace fell in love with the engaging child, and kept the child's true identity to herself for over a year.
Alice later abandoned Cassie to pursue a man, and left the child in the care of her elderly mother, Millie.
Cassie loved Millie, but it was very difficult for a woman of her age to keep up with a young child, and Cassie had no friends but her dolls.
Mother and son fought, and Nick moved in with his father.
Unlike Nikki, Victor adored Sharon, and even paid for an operation for her mother, which Doris could not afford.
Nick and Matt got into a fight and Matt kicked Nick's butt. Sharon told no one but a therapist, who tried to help her deal with it.
Nick's mother, Nikki, objected strongly to Sharon, and believed her to be a gold-digger.
Sharon and her mother moved to Genoa City when Sharon was 18.