Mum’s inspiring reason for lingerie shoot

Kristine Tarbert

When Maggie Prentice was diagnosed with incurable breast cancer she was given a 10 per cent chance of survival.

Incredibly, a decade later she is beating the odds and out to raise awareness of this horrible disease, which affects one in eight women in Australia.

“The day my husband and I were told at best I had a 10 per cent chance of survival was an absolute nightmare,” Maggie shared on Instagram.

“I was and am not ready to give up on that 10 per cent. My family means the world to me and I have not yet seen enough of what my two fantastic children will achieve in their lives to stop watching.”

Maggie was diagnosed with incurable cancer 10 years ago. Photo: Lonely Lingerie

To celebrate her milestone, the New Zealand mum has posed for a series of inspiring and unretouched images with fellow survivors - Marian and Jo – representing all those whose lives have been touched by the disease.

Although she wakes up everyday remembering her diagnosis, Maggie says she tries not to dwell on her situation.

“It took a long time to process but at the time when you're diagnosed you just get on the roller coaster and you keep going - you've got appointments to go to and treatments that need to be done,” Maggie told the Daily Mail.

She did the shoot to help raise awareness for breast cancer. Photo: Lonely Lingerie

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Maggie discovered her breasts seemed slightly misshapen during a shower, but when she saw a doctor her diagnosis came as a complete shock.

She had a biopsy and mastectomy, but then found three lumps on her neck, sadly revealing the cancer had spread through her lymphatic system.

Two months after her diagnosis she was told her cancer was incurable and there was a high risk the cancer would continue to spread.

Maggie is making the most of her 10 per cent. Photo: Lonely Lingerie

“They did chemotherapy, then radiation and herceptin. I did anything I could, anything they would give me I'd take, anything to have a better outcome,” Maggie explains.

Maggie joined the Lonely Lingerie shoot thanks to a Facebook post by Sweet Louise, an organisation which aims to improve the quality of life for New Zealanders living with incurable breast cancer.

Right now Maggie is going strong and continues to monitor her health by having a mammogram every year. She's reminding everyone to check their breasts during Breast Cancer awareness month.

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