A breast cancer diagnosis at any age can shift a person’s life off of its axle. But for women in their 20s and 30s, the diagnosis is often times not just devastating but isolating. There is the obvious trauma of being faced with one’s own mortality. And then, there are the worries that may seem superficial on the surface, like “How the hell am I gonna get a date without hair?”, but are legitimized by the overwhelming reality that everything, EVERYTHING about life will be different.
Breast cancer survivor Lisa Vingerlink created the Pink Heals Foundation as a way to bring a sense of normalcy to breast cancer patients in their 20s, 30s and 40s. Why such a targeted age group? Vingerlink was inspired by her own difficulties after her diagnosis back in 2008. The emptiness, emotional turmoil, loneliness and lack of self confidence that she felt made her realize that something needed to be done to help young women dealing with cancer take back control of their lives.
Pink Heals brings women together for dance classes, cooking lessons, spa days and more. The foundation, which is based out of Atlanta, offers services that can be utilized by women all over. There is “The List”, which encourages breast cancer patients to not only share their biggest dreams but to live them. There are also featured healthy recipes and encouraging stories from breast cancer survivors.
If you want to check out their website for words of inspiration or to make a donation, head over to Pink Heals Foundation, Inc.