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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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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