How one breast cancer survivor helps others
Did you know that about one in eight women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime, according to breastcancer.org.
Devin Walker was one of those women. She had been experiencing some discomfort in her left breast but didn’t think much of it. It was when her husband was unexpectedly laid off when she found out she had thirty days left on insurance.
She went to the doctor and was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer. It was a complete shock to her as she had no family history of breast cancer.
At first, she felt a whirlwind of emotions.
“To see the letters at Phoebe Cancer Center so that was kinda like a shocker but that’s when the tears came,” Walker remembers.
But the most difficult part for Walker was still ahead, having to go home and "tell my husband and my children, mommy’s got breast cancer.”
After explaining to her children, she decided she would embrace her diagnosis from that point forward.
Now in her sixth year of remission, she is very active with a local organization Albany Pink. She is part of a walking team, 31 Miles, that participates in Albany Pink's annual walk.
Walker says to anyone going through something similar, stay positive and don't allow what you're going through to consume you.
Walker cherishes every day and has started her own event planning and decorating business called Life’s Celebrations Network.
She is also working on a book about her journey entitled "Cancer: The Disease That Healed Me."