Nashville woman's cancer fight inspiring thousands - WSMV Channel 4

Nashville woman's cancer fight inspiring thousands

Posted: Updated: March 22, 2012 07:18 PM CDT
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Her's was a bleak situation. A young Nashville mom's third child was stillborn, then, to make matters worse, the woman was diagnosed with stage four colon cancer.

Channel 4 brought you the story of Sara Walker one year ago Thursday. Now, a year later and against all odds through tremendous pain, she is still alive and still hopeful.

Walker is a physical therapist, and when her world turned upside down, all of her physical therapy friends leaped into action.

They put on the Sara Walker 5K and raised thousands of dollars for her costly medical bills.

Now, they are preparing to host another 5K and Sara's story is inspiring people all over the world.

It has been a grueling year. Walker has endured 16 rounds of chemotherapy and 20 rounds of other treatments. None of them have come without discomfort.

But through it all, Sara Walker has felt more than hope. She has felt, believe it or not, joy.

"I realized, do I want to live more days so that I can be down and sad? And I've discovered that when you are so busy counting your blessings, you don't have time to think about the bad," she said.

Understand, Sara Walker wants to raise her boys. She wants to grow old with her amazing husband Brian. But, also understand, she sees past death.

"I want to make it clear that to me there's going to be a good outcome either way," she said. "Either I get to live here and help raise my boys, which I want to do, or I'll wake up and I'll be in heaven with my little girl."

It is this remarkable attitude that comes through on her blog (http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/sarawalker) that has inspired people all over the world to be better people.

"She just has a massive following. We all know her and love her, and it doesn't surprise us one bit," said friend Whitney Ball. "The little stuff doesn't bother me half as much as it used to, because its almost like, 'what would Sara do?'"

It's impossible to read Sara Walker's words and not think about who you love and how you are treating them. Her gift is to make you see your own blessings.

If you would like to help Walker and her family, sign up to run or walk in the Sara Walker 5k on April 14.

All proceeds from the race go to Walker's expensive medical treatment. For more information, visit: http://www.facebook.com/events/198768913476703/#!/events/376842045661955/

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