Community rallies around Alpharetta teacher battling cancer

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ALPHARETTA, Ga. — Alpharetta High School’s mathematics teacher Lori Holland was recently diagnosed with breast cancer.

Holland has received an overwhelming amount of support from students and staff at Alpharetta High School and in the community.

In April, Holland posted her diagnosis of stage IIA breast cancer on her personal Facebook page. Immediately, her friends and students were equally devastated and supportive.

“I had over 200 likes and comments on my status when I revealed the news and just couldn’t believe it,” Holland said.

Stage IIA cancer is when there is no tumor found in the breast or the tumor is 2 centimeters or smaller. However, the cancer may have spread to her lymph nodes and has become a serious concern for physicians.

Holland received even more support when she returned to her school, where she has taught for six years. She has more than 20 years of teaching experience.

“When I got back to school, it was insane,” Holland said. “My classroom looked like a flower shop.

“There were cards, flowers and food everywhere.”

Holland was very pleased with the number of college students who drove back from college to stop in.

“All of these students who I haven’t seen in years came to see me and show their support,” Holland said. “It was precious.”

Former student Blair Roman said she was shocked when she heard her beloved teacher was going through a battle with cancer.

“Mrs. Holland was always my favorite teacher and I was deeply saddened to hear that she had been diagnosed with cancer,” Roman said. “It definitely makes it easier on us and on her to see how many people in the area love her and will be there for her throughout this journey.”

Holland said the amount of support from staff members was unbelievable.

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