Joe Glowacki

  • year of diagnosis: 2010
  • survivor years: 6 years
  • current city: Southampton, NJ
  • type of breast cancer: Male Breast Cancer
  • profession: Retired
  • children: 1 (49)

About Joe


What is your idea of happiness?
Relaxing and not taking life too seriously. To be free of debt, my family is healthy, and life is good.
When and where were you happiest?
Being a child and having no concerns. My parents looked after me and my 3 siblings. Middle Class happy.
What is your biggest fear?
Having my children or grandchildren predecease me.
Who are your heroes in real life?
Every Marine/Military who has been awarded the Medal of Honor. They do the dumbest things. You have to love them.
What do you most value in your friends?
Loyalty, sincere honesty, respect. Goes both ways.
Which talent would you most like to have?
To keep my mouth closed and my ears opened. Communication.
What is your current state of mind?
I'm worried about my 11 year old granddaughter fighting Leaukemia. Breaks my heart to watch her go through the treatments.
What is your most treasured possession?
My family. Daughter, son-in-Law, and two granddaughters and of course, my wife.
How do you most like spending your time?
May sound strange coming from me but I really enjoy the solitude of being on a lake casting. It frees my mind from my thinking.
What do you most dislike?
Besides liver and anchovies, I don't like having people looking for something they haven't earned.
In your own words, what would you say to inspire or encourage someone facing breast cancer right now?
First, because I am a breast cancer survivor and being a male, I understand how this is going to affect you. However let me say, breast cancer is no longer a death sentence. The treatment can be worse than the disease but its short lived. Your hair will come back, probably thicker initially than before. You will lose some weight but I found that to be a good thing, for a while anyway. It will come back. If you get tired … sleep. If you want to cry ...cry. Eventually you will be back to your old self. All that you are going through will be a fading memory. Give it time. It will all work out.
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