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Lori Holveck was first diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 31. Her daughter was 3 years old and her son was 6 months. She had a double mastectomy, 6 rounds of chemotherapy, and 31 treatments of chest wall radiation. In August 2015, Lori was diagnosed with a recurrence of breast cancer that had metastasized to her liver, lungs, bones, and brain. But Lori is a fighter and she doesn’t let this bring her or her family down!
Lori is fortunate to have a wonderful network of family members, friends, and coworkers who provide her with love and care. But she also relies on the support of the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition. Lori took some time to tell you about her experience as a survivor and some of the ways the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition is helping women like her in our community.
What does being a survivor mean to you: For me, being a Survivor was a short lived experience… It was such a special day when I was told I was good to go!! What a relief!! I made a promise to myself that when I got that news, I would take the kids to Disney again, which I did! Being a Survivor means you are an awesome fighter and have beaten a nasty, mean disease. There are many ups and downs during treatment but the key is to never give up! And never be afraid to ask for help! Now that I’m going through this for the second time, I consider myself a true Cancer Warrior. Since my cancer has metastasized, I will be on maintenance chemo for the rest of my life.
What do you want people to know about being a breast cancer survivor: I would like people to know that it’s okay to ask how I’m feeling or how I’m holding up. I have good days and bad days…sometimes I just need a big hug! Some days I want to talk about it, some days I want to ignore the fact that I have to and pretend I’m living a normal life. But it’s always okay to ask.
What kind of support does the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition bring to you and your family: The Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition was the best way for me to get information and help. Lois Wilkinson is awesome and has been by my side throughout my whole treatments. Their Peer Mentor Program is great for people who have been diagnosed! It was a great help for me and answered so many questions when I was first diagnosed. There were so many terms and words that I didn’t understand. The Young Survivors In Action was great too, and I got to meet a special group of young women like myself who were diagnosed. My family has been picked for their Tanger Outlets Trees of Hope Program which has helped me out tremendously at Christmas time. Being a single mother can be financially challenging sometimes. We also received an amazing Thanksgiving meal, all thanks to Lois, the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition, and Fifers Orchards.
What would you tell someone to encourage them to donate to DBCC: I would encourage everyone to support the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition. You are helping all ages of women who are coping with trying to beat this nasty beast. Funds are used for LOCAL women in need of help, whether it be emotionally, financially, or medically.
What would $48 do for DBCC?