Lori Worpel SAU Senior
Mother: Breast Cancer Survivor Lori Worpel heard the word cancer; her dad spoke it at their family meeting after school. Her mother was known for her healthy lifestyle, and her latest exercise routine, but now breast cancer seemed to juxtapose her life. Lori knew her mother was sick, but admits she didn’t feel that affected. It puzzled her that her mother’s diagnosis of a serious disease didn’t bother her more. “I almost felt guilty, but I just knew she was going to be healed, and just wasn’t scared,” said Lori.
(Left) Chris Worpel and Lori Worpel, SAU Senior
Her mother’s journey began in 2001. She had avoided getting a mammogram, since breast cancer had never shown up in her family line. “She prided herself in being so healthy, and had a mentality of nothing will ever happen to me,” said Lori. However, after finally submitting to one, the doctor found a lump, but said, “it was anything to worry about.” The doctor suggested waiting six months, and having another biopsy to see if anything had changed. The second doctor agreed with the first saying she would be fine. It was at this point that her father, despite all the information and data collected on Chris’ body, felt they needed to get a third opinion. “They say it was the Holy Spirit saying to get it checked out again,” said Lori. This time the third doctor told them she had cancer on one breast, and pre-cancerous cells on the other. The doctors recommended a lumpectomy. Chris, however, chose a mastectomy to completely remove the cancer.