When I decided to share my story of fighting breast cancer, I did so hoping it would encourage other women fighting the same fight. I wanted them to know they are not alone; we are in this together. I also hoped other women would realize their health is not something to take for granted, that they should go for regular checkups, especially mammograms. Overall, I just wanted to help, if even in some small way.

While I was prepared for the press that would surround the airing of my story on “Say Yes to the Cure: Lori’s Fight,” I was caught off guard by the overwhelming response of you, the fans. In fact, the response was so awesome, it shut down the Bridals By Lori website. TLC says this was one of the highest fan responses for a show they’ve ever had.

Every day since the special aired, I have received an email or gift. They are such an outpouring of love and support. You wouldn’t believe the gifts. Breast cancer awareness cups and mugs, flowers, prayer cards, jewelry, quilts, shoes, gift baskets, breast cancer-related books, decorative plates, bags, Christmas ornaments, pillows, scarves, stationery, shirts, a Barbie–the list goes on. In fact, I have two big tubs full of gifts in my office; there’s more at my house.

Lori Allen with thank you giftsAnd the emails. I have received thousands and thousands of emails, heartfelt letters talking about how people watched the special and commenting on how honest I have been in sharing my story. One lady who just found out the day the special aired that she had breast cancer said she sat in the bed and cried watching the show. She said it gave her strength. Can you believe that?

These are wonderful people who have only seen a glimpse of my crazy life through the television screen. That’s what blows my mind. It has been an overwhelming show of support and love. It shows the good nature of people.

I feel like coming forward and being honest about my health and my fight has done some good things. But it has been nothing compared to what you, the fans, have done for me. And for that, I say a truly heartfelt, “Thank you.” It doesn’t seem like nearly enough to convey how I feel, but it’s all I’ve got. So thank you. It means more to me than you’ll ever know.