Friday, April 13, 2012, at the age of 26, I was diagnosed with stage 3 invasive ductal carcinoma in my right breast and right axilla lymph nodes. I have gone through 5 out of 6 rounds of TAC chemo, and the over 6cm has shrunken so much it that isn’t palpable now! YAY! I still have surgery, radiation, and five years of tamoxifen ahead of me, but I am still here and still going strong! I guess it’s a good thing I am a bit of a hypochondriac and always self examined my breasts — it saved me. PS: I really didn’t think the mammogram was painful compared to all of the other crazy things we do for beauty! Thank you for your inspiration!!
Lindsay Ruland <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Baltimore, MD United States – Thursday, August 02, 2012 at 08:18:46 (CDT)
I had a double mastectomy at 40! Everyone said I was so brave to do a double but I was just vain! I love my new boobs. Oh and I am also a nice jewish girl with 4 tattoos now!!!!
Cheryl Berger Israeloff, OD <email@example.com>
Woodbury, NY USA – Wednesday, November 30, 2011 at 09:57:28 (CST)
Had a lumpectomy done on October 31,2011. Today (November 11,2011) went for my follow up and surgeon informed me that she had good news and bad news. Bad news was that she would have to go back in to remove more of the tissue that was around the tumor. Lymphnodes were all clear which was the good news. I never would have found the tumor as it was so small. PLEASE get your mammograms. It does save lives.
Ra Skinnerchelle <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Hamilton, On Canada – Friday, November 11, 2011 at 13:46:29 (CST)
I AM going to spread the word early detection saves lives. At age 35, MY mammogram saved my life. Double mastectomy and six years later, I’ve never felt–and looked!–better. I AM going to take care of my girls!
Stacy Middleman <email@example.com> Bellaire, TX USA – Monday, October 24, 2011 at 09:59:57 (CDT)
My mom was diagnosed with breast cancer this year, but thanks to early detection had surgery this past month. HEALTHY BOOBIES FTW!!
Canada – Sunday, October 09, 2011 at 03:45:41 (CDT)
May 26th was the official diagnosis. June 27th was the mastectomy. I am still alive in end September and have endured 2 chemo sessions of 4. I am half way there and don’t need radiation. I count myself lucky to only have lost my breast and lymph nodes. “It” did not get to the lymph nodes. I was inspired by Geralyn and grateful for having read this wonderful book. Thank you. I know I am a survivor. I will live to 100, that is only another 48 years from now.
Liverpool, NSW Australia – Friday, September 30, 2011 at 23:26:12 (CDT)
April 28th, 2011 at 4:15 pm my world turned upside down. Breast cancer, the news no woman wants. August 1st and I am still standing and into my second week of radiation. I only had a partial mastectomy, but still it is life changing this disease and what it does to your body and your head if you let it. I decided that women like you were going to inspire me to do better and stay positive. So even on the days when I am not literally wearing lipstick, symbolically I am. Thank you for that :<}
Main Line, PA USA – Monday, August 01, 2011 at 23:40:14 (CDT)
I am soo glad that I had my mammogram last month. Now I am facing losing my right breast. I am afraid. I am courageous. I am strong. Though my nerves have the better of me and now I have decided that to wear lipstick every day is what I shall do. Bright Red Lipstick as it says that I am strong and I am not going to let the Bull of Breast Cancer beat me, even though I am facing the loss of my lovely breast. Thank you for being out there and sharing. You are so right about the pain of a mammogram being nothing by comparison to any other pain we women put ourselves through to look beautiful.
sandy cee <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Liverpool, NSW Australia – Thursday, June 02, 2011 at 21:59:34 (CDT)
I am just beginning my lipstick story… I am 25 and was diagnosed with breast cancer 2 weeks ago. In my endless search online to find support and understanding I came across “Why I Wore Lipstick”. It was the first few pages that grabbed my attention, as everyone in my life is telling me that keeping positive and being strong will help me beat breast cancer, but all these young women like Monica Steward were strong, healthy and positive and it didn’t save them. Geralyn’s book has been a guide to the reality that is cancer. The reality that my parents, boyfriend and friends don’t understand as they are not in my shoes. After reading “Why I Wore Lipstick” I know that being scared doesn’t mean I won’t make it, ”Courage doesn’t mean you don’t get afraid. Courage means you don’t let fear stop you”. I have a long road ahead and although I’ve always felt my lips were to full (in comparison to my other facial features) to wear lipstick, I just may find myself wearing lipstick to my mastectomy.
Katie Carlson <Kate7485@yahoo.com>
ORLANDO, FL USA – Saturday, May 14, 2011 at 21:02:12 (CDT)
I loved the movie. Thank you very much for writing the book! I am 29 and I have a precancerous condition for a blood cancer that is usually reserved for people in their sixties and has no cure, only palative care. Every time I visit my oncologist I am surrounded by people twice my age and get to hear statements of amazement that I have been affected by this. The cancerous cells have grown aggressively in such a short period of time and seeing your movie recently took the edge off my fear. It was the first time I have seen a movie about a cancer patient that has survived and I decided I am strong, I am getting stronger, my body is going to respond well and heal. Thank you, thank you, thank you for your inspirational message!
Michelle <email@example.com> Australia – Tuesday, December 21, 2010 at 21:44:20 (CST) Every women is beautiful with or without cancer.
Sierra Miranda <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Los Angeles, CA USA – Friday, November 05, 2010 at 17:44:58 (CDT)
After 10 years I have acquired health insurance and my first thing to do is to get a breast exam and I am so excited! yay
Amy Lukasevich <email@example.com>
Jim Thorpe, pa USA – Thursday, October 28, 2010 at 10:28:32 (CDT)
I am a breast cancer survivor, I have been out of treatment for almost 4 years. Dr. Weiss was my Radiation Oncologist, and I loved her so much! During radiation I started making swarovski crystal bandanas, and started Bella Bandanas. It makes me feel good that I can make other women feel pretty, it’s the least I can do….
barb gunselman <firstname.lastname@example.org>
west chester, pa USA – Wednesday, October 27, 2010 at 21:26:05 (CDT)
Im wearing red lipstick Geralyn!
Dallas, TX USA – Wednesday, October 27, 2010 at 11:51:59 (CDT)
Bra Ha Ha with Geralyn as the guest! Wonderful night with a wonderful lady (Geralyn)sharing her story that inspires everyone. Thank you for making each person you talk to feel like your best friend. Big hugs from Beyond Boobs Southside. Charlene
Charlene Cattoi <email@example.com>
Virginia Beach, VA USA – Friday, October 08, 2010 at 21:22:33 (CDT)
HI,the CNN spot you’re featured on Oct. 1, 2010. What was the name Genectic test you discovered? How do I get one? I am a survivor of a mastectomy.
avis abercrombie <firstname.lastname@example.org>
inglewood, Ca USA – Friday, October 01, 2010 at 17:53:19 (CDT)
I loved the book. It helps me to understand things. To know that i am not alone in this journed. That i am not crazy to have diferent thougths because the cancer.
marjori granja schver <email@example.com>
sao paulo, sp Brazil – Sunday, September 12, 2010 at 17:20:39 (CDT)
Diagnosed at the age of 28 and 3 young children to care for, I am thankful for my husband and family. Now i’m a 7 year cancer survivor. After reading this book i’m more tempted then ever to get that tatoo. Thanks Geralyn, this book is amazing.
Lori <firstname.lastname@example.org> Canada – Monday, September 06, 2010 at 13:28:50 (CDT)
Thank you for all that you do. I have never been more scared in my life and I picked up your book and when I read about everything you felt, knowing I felt the same, it was of some strange comfort. You got me through my dark days, and you inspired me. Thanks, Kim
Scottsdale, AZ USA – Saturday, September 04, 2010 at 14:08:46 (CDT)
I had a mastectomy in 2009 and although my story was different (everyone’s is!), I recognised myself on some of the pages. Talking about it, sharing our stories, is the only way to get a positive message out there. I am not defined by my mastectomy. I am empowered by it.
Dorset, England UK – Friday, September 03, 2010 at 05:54:02 (CDT)
I was diagnosed April 20, 2010. When I turned 40 in January 2010, I woke up feeling like everything in my body was falling apart. Boy, I had no idea….. Anyhow, I am currently going through chemo. What fun. Your humor has kept me going. You remind me of me – I have always had a sense of humor, and firmly believe it has saved my sanity more than once the past few months. Thanks for sharing, and for putting out there what REALLY happens – the nitty gritty unfabulous little things, instead of sugar coating it. I 100% share your sentiments regarding the fill-er-up station at the plastic surgeon’s office! Counting the days until chemo ends, I can finish my reconstruction, and get new, perky boobs outta the deal!
Carolyn Hogan <email@example.com>
Sioux City, IA USA – Thursday, August 26, 2010 at 16:56:38 (CDT)
Hi! I’m only 16 and have never had cancer, but with all the women in the previous two generations of my family (save for my own mother) having had cancer I have seen how it can affect the patient and have felt the toll it takes on the people who love them. I have yet to read your book but I adore lifetime’s movie about your story and have read a few articles about your life since your book. Your story is inspiring. Your strength and resolve are two things that I admire most. Wear your red lipstick with pride! And yours are two of the luckiest children I know of.
USA – Monday, August 23, 2010 at 04:19:53 (CDT)
My name is pronounced the same as Geralyn’s except, of course, my name is spelled a little different. I have/had lobular breast cancer and had the same “cocktail” as Geralyn except 10 years later when the treatment has been further/better defined. In May 09 I had my right breast removed and had CMF for 6 months. I am at home now recovering from further surgery of having my left breast removed and starting the reconstructive process. So far I am liking the results. It has been very difficult not having a breast for over one-year. I have been wearing RED lipstick for years now and wear it even more now! I was just given your book and cannot put it down. You are a great writer and have not read anything like this during my DX of breast cancer. Thank you for what you have done! Your friend, Jerilyn
Jerilyn Baker <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Federal Way, wa USA – Sunday, August 15, 2010 at 15:59:17 (CDT)
When I was diagnosed in December at age 28, I was given your book to read. I hadn’t had my mastectomy yet but had started chemo. Since then, my life has continued to change. I’ve read your book again, finding new hope and inspiration in it. These last few months have been the most difficult in my life. I’ve completed radiation, I’ve had a mastectomy, and lots of chemo. Currently I’m in remission. The ironic thing to all of this, is that I’m a chemo/oncology nurse. I’ve always believed things happen for a reason, I just hope this expierence has made me a better nurse to the ones I care for. Thank you for what you’ve said about this process, you have been in my head, describing what I feel.
Kimberly Weekley <email@example.com>
Panama City, FL USA – Saturday, August 14, 2010 at 13:51:53 (CDT)
I’ve read the book a thousand times over and seen the movie twice. Your story is so inspiring! XO Catherine
USA – Thursday, August 12, 2010 at 02:11:21 (CDT)
Thank you so much Geralyn for sharing your extraordinary but at the same time drawn from life story and for encouraging so many women to live up to their dreams and hopes. I have to confess I have not read the book yet. I’ve only seen the film. I got it eventually although getting it on dvd here in germany was actually complicated but I don’t regret anything. The film is really worth watching. So inspiring, so sincere, so emotional. I loved it so much and as soon as I possible I’m going to buy the book.
Natascha Lenz <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Germany – Monday, April 05, 2010 at 18:15:19 (CDT)
Geralyn, Thanks again for making the Lipstick Luncheon in Raleigh, NC excellent and taking the time to talk with me. I hope you received the pictures I mail to you from the Lipstick Luncheon..May God continue to Bless you…..
Avis G Carr <email@example.com>
USA – Thursday, April 01, 2010 at 22:54:23 (CDT)
I met you at the lipstick luncheon in Raleigh. I am only 18 years old, I met you with my mother. I was the one who’s grandma past away in 91′ from breast cancer. You were very inspiring and I just started on your book, its already pulling me in. I have a hard time putting it down. We took a picture together and just like you said I will be sending it to your email. You are a true inspiration and I hope all is well with you. Take care!
Casey Sasser <Ncstategurl252@aim.com>
Tarboro, NC USA – Wednesday, March 31, 2010 at 13:13:08 (CDT)
RE: 3/27/10 -Liptick Luncheon, Raleigh NC I really enjoyed hearing your story and it was my pleasure meeting you. Congratulations on your 14 years (and counting) breast cancer survivorship. Hope that you’ll have future opportunities to visit the “Triangle”. Best of luck to you -big hugs! -Mary
Mary A. Stascak-Berkant <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Wake Forest, NC USA – Monday, March 29, 2010 at 10:34:23 (CDT)
Thank you, Geralyn. I’m 34 years old and was diagnosed in November. I had a mastectomy and am now in chemo. Your story truly brightened my day yesterday (day #4 after the last chemo, so, the toughest for me). Like you did, I hope to have children some day still. I have felt a bit isolated as a younger breast cancer survivor and I am so grateful you made your story public.
USA – Sunday, March 14, 2010 at 13:32:53 (CDT)
2 1/2 yr BC survivor. 48/Single-Bilateral Mastectomy. No Regrets.
Council Bluffs, Ia USA – Wednesday, March 03, 2010 at 05:05:05 (CST)
geralyn my partner in life is now recovering from a double M and tram. I want to share the story I am writing.
gloria r buckley <email@example.com>
lebanon, nj USA – Friday, February 26, 2010 at 11:31:38 (CST)
Just finished reading the book…exactly one week after I had my mastectomey. Thank you so much Geryalyn! Downloading the movie from Itunes and I cant wait to watch it!
Sherri Deshaies <Shadill@msn.com>
Lawrence, MA USA – Thursday, February 11, 2010 at 21:51:57 (CST)
I saw this movie before I was even diagnosed with breast cancer and now found myself back searching for why I wore lipstick to my mastectomy. We all truly are survivors! I am happy to say surgery and reconstruction is behind me, and I am pregnant with my second child. The thought of reccurance is constant, but I live for today and love my son as if there is no tomorrow.
Janine Grande <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Holly Springs, NC USA – Friday, February 05, 2010 at 19:22:53 (CST)
I was diagnosed with Stage 3 Breast Cancer on september 21 2007. 2 days before my Mastectomy, the movie was on our satellite tv here in SA. You have no idea how it helped me get through those awful few days. I went into the op…with pink lipstick…and the first thing i said apparently when i came around was…” Is my lipstick still on..”!! Even my surgeons had seen the movie and they laughed with me when they saw me and my lipstick!! Thank you Geralyn…you were …and are…an inspiration to me.
Brigid Markey <email@example.com>
Cape Town, South Africa – Saturday, January 16, 2010 at 07:33:01 (CST)
I loved the book. I watch the movie on lifetime and loved it so much that a just had to read the book.
Rachel Culpepper <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Columbia, Mo USA – Saturday, January 09, 2010 at 01:46:49 (CST)
I just finished the book today. I’m 16 years old and your book has reassured me that cancer does not see age. I love the way you portrayed the situation. It’s a very serious matter but you made it realistic. It wasn’t just about medical terms it was about the superficial things as well, like how much your hair actually does mean to you whether you like to think so or not. Thank you for sharing your experience with everyone in such great detail. It made it a very good read.
Steph Sutton <email@example.com>
Brooklyn, NY USA – Thursday, January 07, 2010 at 21:59:13 (CST)
Hello, i’ve just een the movie and i think it’s awsome. My English is pretty good but reading English books has always been hard. So i tried to find the book in Dutch and i can’t find it anywhere. I don’t think it was published in Dutch.. A shame, because few Dutch celebrities died of breastcancer under age of 30 and a lot of women have to cope with the illness. It would sell like madness i’m sure. Regards, Heidi.
the Netherlands – Saturday, December 12, 2009 at 11:44:11 (CST)
Dear Geralyn I have just finished watching your movie on Hallmark and cried and cried and cried. You are so inspirational, to have survived Breast Cancer at 27 and to go on to have children is remarkable. The scene that touched me the most was when you described the tatoo you wanted to the tatoo artist and what it symbolised. To have people in your life that support you and care so much about you, that lifted your spirits and where there every step of the way it just wonderful. After watching your movie, I will now be more vigilant of my body and above all I will live each day to the fullest. Thank you for inspiring me the way you have. Regards Denalee Johannesburg, South Africa
Denalee Drotskie <firstname.lastname@example.org> Johannesburg, South Africa – Tuesday, November 17, 2009 at 03:40:45 (CST)
Geralyn, i have watched your movie a few times now. i LOVE it soo much and i really want your book. you have inspired so many people and i must say you have changed my outlook on life. i check myself in the shower regularly, i try to donate money as much as possible everytime i pass by the breast cancer donation, i just want to help so much and make a difference. i also LOVE the NECKLACE Sarah Chalke wears in the movie! i have tried and tried to find it online, but i hear you and her have the same necklace? PLEASE tell me where to go to find that BEAUTIFUL necklace!!!! Thanks so much. xoxo
sacramento, ca USA – Monday, October 26, 2009 at 03:51:22 (CDT)
I watched your moving, not knowing anything about what it would be about, and it made me cry! I love it… you’re sooo brave, and you have so much courage! haha, I’m only 16 though and now everytime i take a shower i check myself over and over! [Especially since it runs in the family!]
Kaylila Green <email@example.com>
Battle Creek, MI USA – Monday, October 19, 2009 at 07:51:55 (CDT)
I had a bi-lateral mastectomy for bi-lateral breast cancer in 2002. Watching the movie reminded of all I have been through and all I have to be thankful for. Thank you for reminding me that what we feel is okay.
Deborah Gallegos <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Littleton, CO USA – Thursday, October 08, 2009 at 23:15:19 (CDT)
LOVED THE BOOK! I had a bilateral mastectomy (one was prophylactic) in May 2009. I am still dealing with the resultant issues and I find myself obsessing a lot. You touched on all of them in your book. So well-written and expressive, it was enormously powerful. Your spirit is overwhelming!
Roberta Aviram <RAFineart@aol.com>
Great Neck, NY USA – Monday, October 05, 2009 at 17:38:05 (CDT)
I just saw the movie On-Demand. I cried! What an amazing story and I’m sure it only scratched the surface of what went on during that time. Can’t wait to read the book! Thanks for sharing your story!
USA – Saturday, October 03, 2009 at 17:02:30 (CDT)
Great book! Truly inspiring for me as I battle bilateral breast cancer and move forward with mastectomy. I WILL wear lipstick to the hospital.
USA – Wednesday, September 09, 2009 at 22:05:37 (CDT)