TLC's 'Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta' shop owner Lori Allen diagnosed with breast cancer
BY RITA SHERROW World Television Editor
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Lori Allen is the go-to person if you want you buy a wedding dress and make yourself, your mother and your budget happy on TLC's "Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta."
But Allen, who is best known for defusing dress-induced battles is fighting a new one of her own.
She was diagnosed with breast cancer in April and will be featured in the one-hour TLC special "Say Yes to the Cure: Lori's Fight," airing Oct. 26, according to people.com.
"I'm the girl that everybody counts on. I'm the girl that when you need something done, I'm there to do it," she says in the TV special. "But this go-to girl is going to be down for a little bit."
In a video clip provided to the website, the usually upbeat owner of Bridals by Lori is in tears when she delivers the news to her staff.
"I went in for a regular mammogram, and the results came back positive, and I have breast cancer," she tells her stunned employees. "I've got to have surgery and I'm going to be out for quite a while."
Her best friend Monte Durham tries to lighten the mood after she explains he will be running the bridesmaids’ floor and the bridal shop in her absence.
"You know you're going to owe me when you get back because sending me to bridesmaids isn't very nice," he said.
In the special, she will talk about getting the diagnosis and her battle to beat the disease.
"I was devastated when I found out that I had breast cancer,” she says inthe video clip. "Wanting to turn something very negative into something positive, I decided to share my journey ... in hopes that I can raise breast cancer awareness and perhaps help other women facing breast cancer be less afraid."
TLC airs Fridays on cable 56 in Tulsa.
In this TLC video, Allen gives a tour of her bridal store and explains how "jacking up" a bride is not a derogatory term.
Lori Allen, right, is seen here in the Aug. 24 episode with fashion director Monte Durham and transplanted Oklahoma country music star Miranda Lambert, on TLC's "Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta." TLC.