Breast Cancer Survivor Shares Story of Gratitude

When Dawn and I started The Pink Typewriter Project we hoped it would be a community where people could come to share their stories and inspire others. I wasn’t sure how it would turn out, but just the act of posting each week here for the past month and a half has already changed my outlook on life and made me a more positive and grateful person. I dream it will do the same for others.

So imagine my joy when a longtime friend, Darleen Alvarez, emailed me a few short days after we announced our 2016 Happiness Planner Giveaway to share her story of gratitude.  She couldn’t wait for the five days of gratitude challenge and she wanted to celebrate her reason for gratefulness a few days early.

She is one of the most beautiful, kind hearted, and sweet people I know and I was thrilled when she gave me her permission to share her story here with you.

In her own words, let her inspire us all to be more grateful. We have much to celebrate!


Ok, I couldn’t wait until the “Five Days of Gratitude” just because our five year wedding anniversary is November 20th and I wanted a reason to celebrate my gratefulness a little bit early.

I am TRULY grateful for my husband, Evelio, and this anniversary is especially important because we definitely practiced the “in sickness and in health” part of our vows. Early in our marriage, twenty months in, I was diagnosed with Stage 3 Breast Cancer. The next year was filled with chemotherapy, surgery, and radiation.

Darleen Alvarez

He never left my side and never let me fall. He shaved my head when my hair started falling out (in clumps), forced me to eat when I couldn’t, and drove me to the doctor for every appointment and treatment. He kept the house running. I could go on and on. I consider myself very lucky to have found him and everyday I remember exactly what he did for me and what he continues to do for me on a daily basis.

Evilio & Darleen Alvarez

I decided to go back to school after treatment to become a Registered Nurse so that I can pay forward what was given to me by all the nurses, doctors, and techs. Again, Evelio is pulling the load so that I can concentrate on school 100%.

I read an inspirational story in Cure magazine. I wrote to the editor about how that story almost paralleled mine. A few months ago, that letter was published in the magazine.

Cure Magazine article

Last month we walked for the American Cancer Society in St. Petersburg, Florida. So many inspirational people there!

So this is my story on gratefulness. I hope it will pass along a little happiness to anyone who may connect with it.

Darleen Alvarez

Darleen with sign which reads "I'm here because of you."

Thank you Darleen for sharing your story with us! I am grateful for you and your friendship!

Has Darleen’s story inspired you? Leave us a comment in the section below and share your gratitude or your story with us. We’d love to hear from you as we approach this week of Thanksgiving!



One thought on “Breast Cancer Survivor Shares Story of Gratitude

  1. Dawn Tolbert

    What a beautiful story!! Thank you, Darleen, for sharing it with us. I love how you couldn’t wait to share your gratitude! We should all have that spirit!


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