The young married mother decided she should examine herself after a co-worker’s breast cancer was found during a health screening at work.
The year was 1980, and then-Franklin resident Norma Wilson couldn’t quit thinking about her friend’s diagnosis.
She discovered she, too, had a lump.
The lump turned out to be cancerous, and she had to undergo chemotherapy, radiation and a mastectomy. She tried not to let he disease disrupt her life. She drove herself home after every chemotherapy session, cooked dinner for her family and went back to work the next day.