Activist recalls battle with breast cancer
By DYANA BAGBY
Maggie Lopez Cianciullo was born in Havana, Cuba, and was part of the first wave of Cuban refugees who fled the country to Miami aboard the Pan Am Freedom Flights.
At 56, she has spent many years in Atlanta dedicating her time and resources as an activist, serving as a board member with For the Kid in All of Us, which hosts the annual Toy Party and Backpack in the Park events. She’s also a member of the Human Rights Campaign and believes in supporting all organizations that work to make our LGBT community better for all.
But in the past year or so, she’s taken a step back from being an “active supporter” in the LGBT community to more of a “general supporter” while still running her own business, Zeitgeist ARTifacts, an art consultancy and appraisal firm serving corporations and individuals with valuable collections.
As a breast cancer survivor, she says she is now able to come to grips with her diagnosis and treatment from five years ago while at the same time finally focusing on her overall health.
When were you diagnosed with breast cancer?
it wasn’t devastating; it was shocking. It was like getting hit by a two-by-four.
What happened next?