CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Our final part tonight in a week-long series we've brought you on breast cancer survivors. Lisa Rockholt was 52 years old when she was diagnosed three years ago.
She's a nurse in Charlotte. She felt her own bump.
"Oh my God, I have cancer."
That's what Rockholt says she thought when she felt it. It was early Stage I and a small lump, but she says she immediately knew.
"I want everyone to know the earlier you get detected, the better your survival rate," she says. "So even if it sounds funny, you need to know your own breasts. That's the best thing I can say.
Rockholt didn't have chemo, but did have radiation and surgery. She says she never had time to worry about herself because her career as a nurse kept her grounded.
"I love it because you get to meet all these people and it takes you out of yourself," she said. "You can't feel sorry for yourself when you meet all these poeple with way worse things going on."
If diagnosed, or if you know someone who is diagnosed, she suggest you have them get involved. Find others in the same position as you.
"They day after I found my lump I volunteered for Komen Charlotte," she said.
Lisa will be at "Race for the Cure" on Saturday, October 1st. WBTV has a team again this year – we'd love to have you join us. For a $35 registration fee you get two t-shirts (a Komen shirt and a WBTV "Team Molly" shirt) and are registered as part of our team.