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1 in 8 women diagnosed with breast cancer: 'We have to realize we could be that one,' survivor shares personal story

WXII 12 Greensboro-Winston-Salem 9/28/2022
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Early breast cancer detection is why one Piedmont Triad woman believes she is alive today.

It was a surprise for Marlene Fulp, like many others when she received her breast cancer diagnosis. She said, "With one in eight ladies being diagnosed with breast cancer, we have to realize we could be that one."

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That statistic speaks true for Fulp. She said in 2016 after going to the doctor for her routine annual mammogram, they told her they needed to do additional testing and biopsies.

"When you hear the big "C" word you think automatically you become a fighter. I chose to have a double mastectomy with reconstruction surgery and thankfully I didn’t have any lymphoid involvement and didn’t have to take any treatments," Fulp explained.

Every year since her diagnosis, Fulp lives with gratitude the cancer hasn’t come back. She said she shares her story hoping to motivate other women not to put off their mammogram.

“As women we are so busy trying to keep our family going and work life and our social life and church life, we put ourselves on the back burner," said Fulp. "I came that close to cancelling my appointment that morning.”

She volunteers with the American Cancer Society to give back and participates in fundraiser walks with her loved ones. “I love the idea of gathering a team together so folks can join my team who encouraged me along the way you took care of me who are my supporters," Fulp added. "I just love that we all get t-shirts and I created a team and I’ve been inviting people to join that team and like that concept.”

The goal for Fulp is to use her cancer journey as encouragement for other women and said there is a brighter tomorrow.

“You do have someone who has walked the same steps that you’ve walked."

Click here to make a secure donation or to sign up for the annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk and fundraiser that will be held Saturday, Oct. 15, at Country Park in Greensboro.

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