PINK UP: Survivor combines diagnosis with passion for politics to find cure

PINK UP: Survivor combines diagnosis with passion for politics to find cure

Breast cancer can come in all shapes and sizes. It doesn't have to be a lump. It can just be a change in the way a breast looks or feels.

That was the case for Holly Lintner.

Her life came to a speed bump in April 2013.

"I kept getting this nagging feeling that something was going on on my right side," Lintner said. "But it wasn't a lump. They teach you to look for a lump. There was no lump there. It was just a change. It just felt denser. It just felt sore."

Turns out that soreness was stage 2 breast cancer. What is worse, the cancer had spread into her breast.

It was a life changing diagnosis.

Before that, Lintner was known for being involved, in a lot, and often the leader.

"I work full time for my organization the National Federation of Pacadrym Clubs, which has been around for 50 years," Lintner said. "So I enjoy interacting with people all over the country through that."

She is also a chair for the local Cape County Republican Party and Cape County relay for live. Not to mention, she is a wife and mother to three boys.

Nothing was slowing her down until that diagnosis, which meant three months of chemotherapy, six months of radiation and four surgeries.

However, it didn't stop her.

Finding herself at the corner of hope and faith, Lintner did what she knew best: get involved.

"Even if you have the best family in the world, which I did, around you and the best friends, the best support on Facebook, all of that, they still aren't like you," Lintner said. "You're still off on an island by yourself."

That feeling led her to Relay for Life and American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network.

She says those organizations combine her passion for politics, her relationships with people, and the fight against cancer.

"We actually go to DC and advocate our congress there," Lintner said. "We go to Jefferson City and advocate with our legislatures there. So I am able to take all those relationships and everything I've built that I thought was my purpose, I thought politics was my purpose, and spew that all in to helping and getting the research we need and the money we to help people with cancer."

Her mission is to find a cure.

"I do think the answers are there," Lintner said.

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