I Wear Pink: Early Detection Increases Your Chances for a Cure

By Scott Sarvay

May 21, 2012 Updated May 21, 2012 at 10:07 AM EDT

Fort Wayne, IN (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - The earlier you detect cancer the greater your chance for a cure.

Indiana NewsCenter’s Melissa Long sat down with a local wife and mother who took action the moment she felt a change in her body and it was a life-saving move.

Maggie Lollis was in the shower when she noticed something didn't feel right.

She called out to her husband Mike right away

"You know what? I think I found a lump!"

She had indeed. Despite yearly mammograms, Maggie had a previously undetected 2 centimeter tumor in her breast. A new mammogram confirmed what she and her husband had feared.

"My life changed from that day. It's never the same after you have been diagnosed with breast cancer.

Fortunately, Maggie's awareness of what is and isn't normal for her, paid off. Her cancer was a stage one case. She opted for a lumpectomy at Parkview Hospital, and chose only to undergo radiation and has transformed her diet and exercised consistently. This October, she will celebrate 9 nears as a cancer survivor. With 6 sisters and a daughter and granddaughter, Maggie knows that the best gift you can give your family is a sense of urgency when we know something is not normal.

"Because we are mothers and we are also we are wives, we get busy and we say ok, I'll do this tomorrow or I'll do this next week. I'm not going to get it checked out today. We need to know that something is wrong...I think we do...but we dismiss it sometimes.

Maggie looks at her good health as a gift from god. One that she wakes up thankful for... Everyday.

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