Race for the Cure: Breast cancer survivor becomes inventor


by Terri Gruca

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Posted on October 15, 2010 at 3:55 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 15 at 6:27 PM

More than 900 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in Austin’s five county region this year.

It is why each month we share stories of hope from women who are thriving despite the diagnosis.

One of those women is a young Austin mother who used her disease as a way to help others.

Diane LeBleu spends a lot of time reading to her four children. However, it’s her person story that’s a real page turner.

This young mother of four was diagnosed with stage two breast cancer two years ago at the age of 39.

“We had a biopsy. Sure enough I go and the doctor calls and says this is cancer. Nobody wants to hear that. Those are the worst words you can ever hear,” said LeBleu.

Diane had heard those terrifying words before. Breast cancer runs in her family.

“My twin sister was diagnosed when we were both 33. So she went through a lumpectomy, chemo and radiation. So because of that I was very good about having an annual mammogram. And I did really thorough self examinations,” said LeBleu.

She also used her diagnosis and decided to help others by creating a device to help women going through breast cancer surgery.

“Well the Pink Pockets, as I say on my web site, are an invention inspired by a mother's necessity,” she said.

Pink Pockets are temporary pockets that can be placed inside clothing to discretely hold drains following breast surgery. Diane sells three pairs for $14. They are temporary so can be removed from your clothing whenever you are done using them.

“I came along a great really a great product and great invention. You are already buying a special pajama or button down shirt, so you want to feel normal as best you can. So pockets allow you to feel normal. You can tuck those drains in and most times nobody knows they are there,” she said.

Today Diane is cancer free. Her focus is now on her precious family, her health and helping other women beat cancer.

“Early detection is absolutely the key,” said LeBleu.

You can get more information on Pink Pockets here.

Race for the Cure

We invite you to join us for this year’s Race for the Cure. It’s Sunday, November 7th at the Domain. The run begins at 7:30am, walkers start at 8am.

 You can register here.