After her very first routine mammogram at the age of 44, Maureen McElwreath was leaving the imaging facility when a man in a white lab coat came running after her. “This can’t be good,” she thought to herself. And with that came the words “There is a problem.” 

After a lumpectomy, followed by chemotherapy and radiation, Maureen went into survival mode and began taking the necessary steps toward recovery. “You can’t go into denial,” she stresses. “You have to handle it and move forward.” With tremendous faith in her doctor, an outpouring of support from her family and the will to survive for her daughter, Maureen triumphed over her disease. Maureen’s advice to women who are diagnosed is to “never lose sight of your goal to beat cancer!”

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She is a firm advocate of early detection, as she undeniably believes that she is alive because her cancer was discovered in its premature stages. “Today I am cancer-free, I get regular check ups, and go for my mammogram every year. It is the most important thing we as women can do for ourselves.”

Initially hesitant to participate, Maureen has walked in Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. “I didn’t know what it would be like to be surrounded by so many survivors,” she says. But that didn’t last long, for when she saw thousands of people dressed in pink uniting around one cause, it was overwhelming. “Being around so many people who were walking because they love someone or lost someone to cancer was an incredible feeling, and the energy was contagious!”