Ac­tivist re­calls bat­tle with breast can­cer

GA Voice - - Activist In Action -

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?

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