Dianna was 33 years old when she found out she had breast cancer. Dianna refused to live small, and in that same year, she and her fiancé bought their first house, got married, and went through infertility treatments. She then started chemotherapy to battle the breast cancer five days after her Fourth of July wedding. Through the Dear Jack foundation’s Life List wish-granting program, Purple found out Dianna wanted a new Purple Mattress to comfortably begin married life and recuperate from her cancer treatments. Dianna is a warrior and a light to so many.
In connection with Purple’s Hero Week, we reached out to Dear Jack to find out if Dianna had a hero of her own. She enthusiastically and without hesitation nominated her biggest supporter, friend, and hairdresser Kristin. Dianna writes:
My hero is my husband’s cousin, Kristin. She is an amazing wife, incredible mother, phenomenal hairdresser, and my very dear friend. We became close after I was diagnosed with breast cancer in April of 2019. She has been my rock and my constant cheerleader throughout my entire journey.
She has come to many of my chemotherapy treatments and done thoughtful things like bringing me the best cozy socks! She’s come to my appointments with my oncology doctor to write down the important things that I need to remember. If she can’t be there, she always calls after my appointments to see how they went. She lives an hour away and has two young kids, but still manages to bring me breakfast and spend a few hours with me while her kids are in school.
One of the hardest things for me emotionally in my cancer journey has been the loss of some of my hair. Kristin dyed the ends of her hair to match mine for breast cancer awareness month. Now that my hair is beginning to come back, she has helped me style it.
What a supportive and amazing friend I have! That is why she is my hero.
Heroes come in many different forms. Along with our partners at Snowe, Rhone, Aura, and Alala, we are so excited to honor them all this week and give them (and you!) a chance to win a Purple Suite!