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Faces of Survival: Lydia Piper

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FAMILY: One son, Ben, 30

Cancer survivor Lydia Piper   Zach Boyden-Holmes/Staff
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Cancer survivor Lydia Piper

OCCUPATION: Media specialist at Barton Chapel Elementary School

DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT: April 13, 1993; mastectomy and chemotherapy; a second mastectomy in 2003

HER STORY: Piper ignored a strange-looking spot on her breast for more than six months.

When she finally went to the doctor, he told her not to worry.

Her own persistence sent her to get a second-opinion from a doctor who immediately diagnosed her and sent her into surgery.

“He saved my life,” said Piper, 64.

Ten years later, a routine mammogram found cancer in the other breast, which she had removed.

“I was so shocked and I literally couldn’t speak,” she said.

“I made up my mind I was going to get over it and survive.”

HER ADVICE: “Get some good support from family and friends. You don’t have to tell anybody until you’re ready,” she said.

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