This is a personal diary that is meant to be shared

This unique movement is all about letting people know they are not alone in this fight. In the spirit of compassion that the Pink Glove Dance spreads across the globe, we invite you to share your triumphs, challenges and cheers here in the Pink Glove Diaries.

Stories of Survival, Hope & Remembrance

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Traci Quinn

Sumter, South Carolina

Who does cancer touch?

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Dayna Bell

Baltimore, Maryland

At age 29, the last thing on my mind was cancer. I was busy planning my
wedding and working as a speech pathologist. I had a faint family history, but
nothing that caused me concern.

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Michele Dador

Trevor, WI

Well, where do I start?  I have always been a rule-follower and that is how my story begins...following the rules.  Back in May 2013 I went to the "dreaded annual exam" (Although strangely enough, I absolutely love my doctor and her staff.) and left with an order for my first mammogram.  I also asked her if I needed to go right away and she said that I could wait until school was out...so I did.  I scheduled one for June 26th, as I'd be up in MI for Father's Day weekend and then in Branson, MO with Chris, my husband, for a motorcycle rally until then.

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Reagan Craven

Libertyville, IL

In January 2014 my husband, Heath, and I moved from Michigan to Illinois for our careers.  We have two small daughters and it was difficult to keep up with the pace of change after the move - new home, new jobs, new grocery store, doctors, co-workers, new everything!  We both have careers in the healthcare industry, he works at Medline.  I was diagnosed with DCIS and invasive cancer 4 months after we moved to Illinois.  This did not fit into our busy life plan, but God gave us the means to cope through love, faith and trust.  We caught the cancer at Stage 1 and I am expected to make a full recovery.  My goal is to encourage others to get a baseline mammogram.  Early detection saved my life.  I had no family history - I had no lump.  I was living under the assumption it would never happen to me.  Thank you to Medline and its employees for helping bring awareness to this disease.  Thank you for supporting my family and I during an especially difficult time!

Kathryne Butler

Dobbin, TX

I love the Pink Glove Dance, and have actually participated in one at a hospital I worked at a few years ago. It was a lot of fun, but also a great way to go viral online (which is the best way to spread awareness). Through such efforts we (and all of you) have obviously touched thousands, and that is what I hope to do personally as well. I’ve designed some exclusive breast cancer and multi-cancer awareness necklaces made with Certified Swarovski Elements and Rhodium plating over brass (no nickel or lead, so it’s allergen free). I launched the project on Kickstarter, and named the project "Cancer Awareness Jewelry - Giving a Voice to the Less Known".

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Sherri Bare

Des Plaines IL

Did you know 1 in 4 women get breast cancer? I never thought it could happen to me
until I felt a lump at the age of 33. It was benign, however stage 1 cancer was
discovered deeper within. My son was just 2 years old when I went through
chemo. My biggest fear (aside from dying) was for him to see me bald…and he
never seemed to notice. He loved me unconditionally for who I was. How could a
2 year old teach me so much? Today I stand proud as a 6 year survivor! You may
not know that chemo can rob a woman of her cycle. We were trying for another
little one when I was diagnosed. This little peanut is my miracle baby! The
support I received during my ordeal from friends, family and complete strangers
was overwhelming. I try to be thankful for every second of every day. Never
judge. You never know what someone else is going through or when YOUR life as
you know it will change forever. Hug your babies and get a mammy every year
ladies! Mammy’s can detect breast cancer at stage 0 now. If you catch it early,
it can make the difference between life and death.

Paul Lishnevsky

Buffalo Grove, IL

I wanted to tell you the story of my grandmother who is a remarkable person and true survivor.
She was born in 1933 in the Soviet Union. At the age of 4 in 1937, several members of the KGB stormed her family’s modest apartment and took her father to prison. Like many innocent victims at that time, her father was unfairly declared an enemy of the state by the Stalin regime. Sadly, my grandmother never saw her father again. Millions and millions of people were killed at that same time for that same reason by Stalin’s regime, all without justification. For the remainder of Stalin’s entire regime, my grandmother’s family lived in fear that her mother could be taken away at any minute just like her father had been. They were never safe from worry, never safe from persecution. Only after Stalin’s death in 1953 was the family finally cleared of these false charges. Sadly, this was not the only hardship my grandmother survived. She told me countless stories about her family moving from home to home, city to city, hiding and running for their lives during World War II to avoid Nazi occupation in Russia. Many of her friends and relatives were killed or shipped off to concentration camps; but unlike others that she knew, she kept running, fighting, surviving. She told me about the deep poverty she endured as a child. One particular story touched me about a time when she had to share a pair of boots between her and her mother to stay warm in a cold house in Russia in the middle of winter. Again, she persevered and survived.

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Mary Bradley

Medline Customer Service Supervisor, Dubuque, Iowa

I am a one year breast cancer survivor! I was diagnosed in January 2013 in a mammogram that I have been putting off for a year and a half. My husband was diagnosed with stage 4 terminal brain cancer in November 2011. I put myself on hold for him and his treatments and almost cancelled my appointment that day.

I was so lucky that I did go, it saved my life. The area they have been monitoring for years had a suspicious spot and I was referred to a surgeon for a biopsy. Three days after my biopsy the doctor called to tell me that I had early stage breast cancer.

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Lanita Sevier

Mountlake Terrace, WA

After losing a great grandmother (breast CA), a grandmother (breast CA) and a mother (Ovarian CA) my sister was diagnosed with stage III Breast Cancer at age 35. With our family history of losing the women to this disease before age 53 my sister faced, not only her cancer diagnosis but, this stark reality about survival.. Following her diagnosis, In 1996, she took a bold step and signed up for a research study which randomized her into the study group that added Taxol to the gold standard Adriamycin/Cytoxin treatment.. Today she is an 18 year survivor who celebrated her 54th birthday this year! What a triumph! Becasue of this triumph my girls will grow up knowing their aunt and i will grow old with my sister whom I love with all my heart.

Kate Crawford

Pittsburgh, PA

When I first found the mass in my breast one busy mom. I had a set of 4 year old twin girls and a special needs 2 year old at home. We ran between pre-school for the twins and therapies for my son. I didn’t have time to be bothered. As the months went on I noticed changes in my breast and I had more aches and pains than a woman double my age. I finally fit in a doctor appointment in early January 2013 and I explained to the doctor about the mass, thinking it was a clogged milk duct. He was convinced of something far more serious. The next weeks seemed like a whirlwind as I was sent for an ultrasound, mammogram and then a biopsy.

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Florence Strang

Lewin's Cove, NL

Florence Strang is the mother of 3, a Registered Psychologist, and a cancer survivor. When she was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer in April of 2011, she felt that she had already reached her limit with stress, being a single mom, having a child with autism, and working two jobs. Obviously, Florence was no stranger to challenges, but now she was faced with the biggest challenge of her life: surviving a diagnosis that brings with it just over a 50% five year survival rate.

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Traci Brundage

Utah

I never thought cancer, me, in my life. My mother taught me how to do self-breast exams when I was in junior high. I did them the week after my cycle every month by habit. I never thought anything of it. We had just moved to Wyoming for a job and my youngest had just turned 1, a few weeks before. I did my self-breast exam after my shower one night and felt a round lump and I knew in my gut it wasn't good.

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Martie Moore

Chief Nursing Officer, Medline

I stared at the ceiling, counting the tiles and waiting.  Waiting to hear if the lump I felt was just that, a lump.  Laying there I thought about how breast cancer has touched my life in so many ways. My cousins. My aunts. My beautiful niece. But most importantly, my mother.    I was in my twenties when my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer.  I was in nursing school and suddenly felt that my world had been turned upside down.  My mother was superwoman.  She couldn’t have cancer.  But she did.  We as a family supported each other as she went into surgery.  We cheered when the surgeon shared he felt that he got it all.  We cried when six months later the cancer had returned.  We rallied and supported her as she went through treatment.  We felt anger at how cancer was now in her body and each one of us put that energy into different ways. 

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Amy Kinard

Lexington, S.C.

Cancer wasn't in my plans. When I was diagnosed, I was 34, a mother of three small children and an active runner that just completed my first half marathon with no risk factors or family history. I don't feel like I did anything to get cancer nor do I feel like I could have prevented it. But, cancer was in God's plan for my life. Through my faith, love and support of family and friends, we turned a difficult time into a blessing.

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Maggie Tharp

Indiana

My sister is a survivor and a champion. She not only survived a bilateral mastectomy, infected implants, and multiple surgeries, but she is now the guardian for two of her grandchildren and a real champion indeed!  She was staying in bed worried that the life she had to give the two sweet girls wasn't enough. She cried because she couldn't reach around to wipe her bottom, so I told her to get over it and wipe from the front!  She got out of bed and those little girls are her life, God works in his own incredible way!

Maria M.

Pennsylvania

My DCIS was picked up on my annual mammogram. It showed micro calcifications, and the breast surgeon informed me that 85% of these are negative for CA. However, I was in the   "lucky" 15%, and mine was positive. I required two lumpectomies, becasue the margins were not clear in the first surgery. I also had a post-op hematoma that required additional surgery. Finally, I had my 35 trips to the Radiology Oncologist, and have been cancer free since 2005! I hope this continues for many years to come.

Edgar A.

New York

My family just survived the   colorectal cancer treatments of my father when my spouse was diagnosed with   breast cancer. I thought it was most unfair for lightning to strike twice in   the same family. With these tragedies, we learned to live life to the fullest   and  treasure every moment we share!

Eileen S.

Georgia

I walked with my mother-in-law through her journey of breast cancer in 2013.  She is doing great and at 86 yrs old, living solo on the Florida Coast and thankful for all the advances that have been made so she can call herself a survivor. 

Lynn K.

Hawaii

A friend was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 30 after pregnancy.  After mastectomy with node dissection, reconstruction and months of treatment, I treated her to a shopping trip. She found a dress that was too small which barely zipped; she insisted she looked fabulous and she was absolutely right!

Terri Patterson

New York

We lost our mother to   breast cancer in 1997. She was my hero by setting the of always being brave   and having a positive attitude in fighting this disease. She never gave up   even though her last 5 years of live were a very difficult battle. She faced   every problem head on. I'm proud to have been raised by this woman. We miss   her so much. I love you Mom!

Arnold S.

Illinois

My mother is a survivor of breast cancer. She was diagnosed in 2011 and almost died with her first round of chemotherapy. She was 77 years old then and our family thought that she wouldn’t be able to survive all the difficult treatment.  But with some miracle, she is still here with us and doing great!

Sharon R

New York

My Mom survived breast   cancer three times. The third time, she had radiation and tamoxifen   treatment. Nearly five years ago we lost her to CLL and AML; her doctor never   told us until it was too late that her counts were so low. I pray patients   take a more proactive stance to prevent complications.

Linda S.

Florida

My Mom came to live with me   at the same time Medline had presented the 1st Pink Glove Dance. She was   diagnosed with bilateral breast cancer. I showed her the dances along with the   stories and for the next 4 years we shared these experiences together until   she lost her battle. She always smiled and we had fun through tough times.

Lora G.

PA

I worked in an office for a breast surgeon. We had a lovely young lady who was expecting her first child and was diagnosed with aggressive cancer. She had a mastectomy. I remember   telling her how much I loved her hair cut. It was already cut short to get ready for to lose it all during chemo. She had her baby before her chemo treatments, but unfortunaetly it was too late! This Mom did not survive to see her baby girl grow into a beautiful young woman like her mother.

Lori Matthews

Illinois

I work with the bravest woman I know.  Her name is Deb Perrin.  When I began working at Mercy Medical Center in 2007, she found out her cancer had returned after a five year   remission.  She has taken rounds of chemotherapy and each new hurdle she jumps over with a positive attitude.  When I am feeling sorry for myself, I look at Deb and feel ashamed.

Vanessa L.

Kentucky

I lost my sister to breast cancer.  One of my favorite stories is about her students. She was a first grade special education teacher. She had lost her hair due to chemo and wore a wig to work.  One of the students asked her one day, "Ms. Smith, when you scratch your head, why does all of your hair move?". She had to explain to them about how she had lost her hair from medicine. It took great strength to explain the situation in a way that would not scare the children and she did it wonderfully.

Deborah H.

Florida

My aunt was diagnosed with breast cancer 10 years ago.  She is doing great today due to the treatment she received early on and the many prayers from the community. She was the first women in our family to ever be diagnosed with breast cancer, which made us all aware that no one is immune to this disease.  Our family today has alot to celebrate, my aunt is cancer free!

Kristy S.

LA

Having a routine    mammogram saved my life. Since having a Mastectomy in 2005, I have had   the opportunity to go back to school and obtain my BSN and MSN. I have also   had the pleasure of seeing my two grandchildren born. Having a diagnosis of   cancer can wake you up and motivate you to do the things you have always   wanted to do. Keep up the good work Medline!

Debra R.

MO

I was diagnosed following a mammogram!  I then had another mammo and the radiologist came in and told me to see a surgeon.  A blur after that; surgeon, biopsy, bone scan, MRI, two surguries, radiation and almost 7 years later I am still clear.  My family’s support was so  important.  The funniest thing I did was get a tattoo of the pink ribbon on my calf following my radiation.  I felt it was a badge of courage for me or something that.  My husband could not believe this nana would go do that (previously no tattoos).  People who see it always tell me they love it.  I am no longer the clean cut example for my grandchildren!  Oh well, I’m breast cancer free!

Alanna

Texas

Both my mother and sister are breast cancer survivors. 17 years ago, I chose to have preventative mastectomies related to their history and my material grandmother who also had breast cancer. I am happy to say that this was one of my best decisions ever made. Since that time I have had other relatives on both sides with breast cancer. Taking matters into your own hands is scary; I still feel this was the best decision for me.

Francis K.

Texas

Both my mother and mother in law have experienced surgery after findings of breast lesions.  I cannot express how terrible the outlook seemed for my mother as it happened over 40 years ago.  But she is alive and well, due to access to the best Army surgeons who happened to be there coming back from Vietnam.  Last year my mother in law went through a relatively uncomplicated procedure and followup treatment.  While it was no less scary, I think Medline and their years of breast cancer awareness  support helped spread the message and guided research for more breast cancer saving treatment.

Paula B.

Ohio

My younger sister was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 38 and underwent a mastectomy, chemo and radiation.  She's cancer free now, and recently celebrated  her 12th annerversary. She saw a need and started a breast cancer support group locally and is very active in raising funds for the American Cancer Society.  I'm very proud of her!

Jaime K.

Mountain Top, PA

I am a breast cancer survivor of a little over a year now. I was unable to dance last year, but it was a great milestone for me to be able to this year. I remember watching the videos last year & thinking how wonderful it is that others understand & support the fight.  I thank all of you for that, it helped me in some of the darkest moments of my life to see others were willing to let their silly out & dance like no one was watching.

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Jackie

Los Angeles, CA

I had no idea about the PinkGloveDance. I was forwarded the link of one of the videos and I LOVED IT! The videos are great, they made me laugh, sigh, and even cry. My mother just received great news that her recent biopsy was benign, my aunt just had a tumor removed and my grandmother battled two bouts of breast cancer - but is a strong survivor. I would be surprised to meet an individual today who does not know at least one person who has battled breast cancer.

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Joanne C.

Columbia, SC

I was diagnosed with breast cancer in May of this year on a routine mammogram. Within three weeks, I was diagnosed, biopsied and scheduled for a mastectomy at the Breast Center at Palmetto Health Baptist here in Columbia, SC. I can't say enough about the nurses, physicians, techs and support staff at both Baptist and the Breast Center. I received excellent and compassionate care -- and, as a nurse myself -- I can be a little critical about patient care. Fortunately, my lymph nodes, bone scan and CT were negative. I know that I am very, very lucky! I have encouraged every woman I know to have their mammograms and become involved in funding and finding a cure for breast cancer.

Della

Brant Lake, NY

I reside in Brant Lake, NY.  I am a 34 yr survivor and resently a 2 yr survivor of breast cancer.  Your video is wonderful.  I thank you for devoting your time in doing this.  It was greatly appreciated.  Love and health to all.

Fred W.

Halifax, Nova Scotia

My life as well as practically anyone else's has been affected by the dreaded cancer disease.  I lost my mother from breast cancer, my brother was diagnosed with cancer and is a survivor, my sister in law is a survivor from breast cancer, my best friend's wife is a breast cancer survivor and I currently have a co-worker battling throat cancer so for me joining the pinkglovedance event with many colleagues on the lawn of one of our city hospitals was my calling to participate on their behalf.  We all dread hearing that we may have been diagnosed with cancer so if by me being able to dance to show support can help them stay cancer free then that is the very least I can possibly do.  I hope I am never a victim of the dreadful disease as I probably wouldn't have the strength and the courage to make it through and be a survivor like they have all shown me to have.  I know there has to be a cure to end most if not all cancer diseases and the more we all pull together and show support the closer we are to actually developing and finding a permanent cure.  Cancer has touched all of us at some point if not directly then indirectly so I don't see how anyone could ever turn their back on showing support for not only breast cancer but any other type of cancer.  Let's do our part in helping the scientists find a cure as you just never know if and when it could be you having to fight for your life to survive.

Kathie D.

Tallahassee, Florida

I am a 3 year breast cancer survivor.  This dance put a big smile on my face and some tears in my eyes.  I want to thank all of the great people at TMH in Tallahassee especially Dr. Sharpe & his team.  They really calmed my fears & helped me to get through this venture in my life.  Thanks again to all of you.

Amy D.

Hartford, CT

I am a Nursing Student and found out about this from a Hospital I was doing rotations at. I have brought the attention of this wonderful cause to the Administrators of the hospital I work for, in the hope that we can also get involved. My mother is a Breast Cancer survivor all I can say is Kudos, great idea, great cause, and most important sent with love!!!!!!!

Connie

Indiana

Ok--tears! As a 30 years survivor, I've had the joy of working with the wonderful people in the IU Breast Cancer Research program in many ways and on many projects. I've held the hands of their patients and wrapped my arms around the people in the pink gloves when they have lost their patients. They were among the first breast centers to embrace their patients as their partners in their daily fight to make it better for all of us. What you see on this video is a true expression of what they bring to their work and to each of us that they touch. Their courage and brilliance is going to be part of finding the answers. They are getting closer because they care.

Caroline Dare

Raleigh, NC

My name is Caroline Dare and I am a 12 year old singer/songwriter. I wrote a song called "October Pink" that I thought you might like to hear. It is about how I felt when my aunt was diagnosed with breast cancer a couple of years ago. She is a survivor. I want this song to bring hope to others affected by this horrible disease. I also want it to raise awareness so others can benefit from early detection.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yh0gt7-vDV4

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