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'Say Yes to the Dress' star Lori Allen shares her courageous fight with breast cancer

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For nearly three decades, Lori Allen has been getting women prepared for one of the most important days of their lives, their wedding day.

"My favorite part about doing this, is helping a girl who may be insecure about getting in that wedding dress," said Allen. "It's like putting those puzzle pieces together and making sure they find that perfect dress.

Allen has always had a passion to help women feel confident on their special day.

In 1980 she opened up a 25,000-square-foot, three-story space along Sandy Springs Circle in Atlanta, housing designer brands and private label merchandise.

Lori has appeared on the popular reality show Say Yes To The Dress - Atlanta.

Even with her reality star fame, she stays very humble.  

"It wasn't always easy," said Allen. "I wasn't always successful, there were days no one would come into the shop."

Allen has faced challenges dealing with Bridezillas in her career.

"Bridezillas are actually the insecure ones who need approval," she said.

One of her life's biggest challenges came in 2012 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

"It was April 13, I got the call at 7:05 a.m.," said Allen. "My husband was going in for cancer surgery that day."

"When I looked down at the phone and saw my doctor calling, I knew what he was going to say," she added.

Allen had a mammogram just a few weeks earlier.

In October, TLC documented Allen's journey from her diagnosis of breast cancer through her treatments and double mastectomy.

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, on Friday, Oct. 4 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, TLC will air Say Yes To The Cure: Lori's Fight.

The special will detail her experience and provide updates from Allen and her family on her current progress.

Jennifer Banks asked Allen why she decided to share her journey with others.

"I got breast cancer for a reason, I felt I needed to shine light on this," said Allen.

CBS Atlanta News is also dedicated to raising awareness about breast cancer.

CBS Atlanta and Peachtree TV have entered into a partnership with the Atlanta 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer, produced by It's The Journey.

The 2013 event will take place on Oct. 5 and 6.

All month long, CBS Atlanta News will be updating a slideshow dedicated to men and women battling breast cancer and the many people who have survived the fight.

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