Pink Pockets are an invention
inspired by a mother’s necessity.
Meet the Twins
Serving the Breast Cancer Community since 2010.
Twin sisters Diane Ungurs LeBleu and Denise Ungurs Castillo have both survived breast cancer.
The Story behind the design
Diane Ungurs LeBleu developed Pink Pockets after experiencing drain discomfort firsthand following a bilateral mastectomy in January 2009 for breast cancer.
Diane Ungurs LeBleu developed Pink Pockets after experiencing drain discomfort firsthand following a bilateral mastectomy in January 2009 for breast cancer. Nurses and patients have been using safety pins to attach surgical drains to hospital gowns and garments following mastectomies and other breast surgeries for years. It has been a fact of life – and an uncomfortable one to be sure – and there are a number of other methods on the market designed by breast cancer survivors or other medical practitioners addressing what is a real dilemma for patients. However, most of these solutions are expensive – special gowns and shirts with pockets sewn inside start at $30 and can cost up to $80. Surgical drains are usually in place for ten days to two weeks, on the average, and dealing with these extra ‘appendages’ can be painful and problematic.
Safety pins and pain pills do not mix. Pinning and unpinning these clumsy drains from your clothing several times a day can be maddening for both patients and caregivers. In this age of amazing adhesives, Diane developed a simple, comfortable, convenient solution to the problem. Pink Pockets are worn right inside your own clothing. When you want to feel as normal and as comfortable as you possibly can after a major surgical procedure. Pink Pockets provide a big comfort at a small price.
Diane recently relocated to Atlanta from Austin with her husband, Tom, and their four children Danielle, Travis, Sabrina and Caroline. Making Pink Pockets known and available locally throughout the U.S. and abroad is a commitment Diane continues to tirelessly pursue. She is active in numerous organizations to serve and raise money for cancer treatment and support in her community.
Diane Ungurs LeBleu and her family
Denise Ungurs Castillo, Diane’s twin sister, was diagnosed in 2003 with Stage 2 Invasive Breast Cancer when she was only 32. She underwent a lumpectomy, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy all while working full time and raising her two young daughters, Lauren and Isabel with her husband Paul. When most young moms are concerned with preschool and playdates and laundry, Denise was working to understand the best treatment options for early stage aggressive breast cancer. After Diane’s treatment in 2009 and receiving updated genetic counseling information, Denise underwent a prophylactic bilateral mastectomy to reduce the chances that breast cancer would recur in her life and that of her family. Denise is now not only 10 year+ a survivor but also a ‘Previvor’ as well. She currently lives in Tacoma, WA with her family and works on the Pink Pockets team to support women facing a breast cancer diagnosis.
Denise Ungurs Castillo and her family, Diane's twin sister
Breast cancer runs in the family. Between Denise’s diagnosis and Diane’s, their aunt, Inta Ungurs Bailey died of a breast cancer recurrence. Genetic testing has demonstrated that Diane and Denise share a genetic mutation in their BRAC1 gene and that Denise also has a mutation in her BRAC2 gene. These findings have indicated an increased risk of hereditary breast and ovarian cancer risk. They hope that further dissemination of the risks of hereditary breast and ovarian cancers can help others understand their familial risks and manage them appropriately.
In memory of: Inta Ungurs Bailey,
Feb 8, 1944 – December 31, 2005