TAYLORSVILLE, MS (WDAM) - In part two of our "Making Strides Moment" series we meet a courageous mother of two, whose breast cancer diagnosis came during an already difficult time in her life.
Ramona Walters is a busy woman, who works in Taylorsville, at Southern Pine Electric Power Association. Walters is also the proud mother of two young men and a breast cancer survivor.
She was diagnosed with the disease in May, 2006. Six months earlier her husband passed away during a fatal auto accident. Walters explained how she coped with both her loss and illness.
"A lot of prayer, good support from my family and good support from friends and fellow breast cancer survivors," said Walters.
To fight her cancer, Walters underwent surgery, chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Following her battle, Walters participated in her first Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk.
Walters said, "I finished my last chemo treatment on October 17th of 2006. And a girlfriend of mine, who was a year ahead of me on cancer, had a team in Pensacola Florida and she asked me to come down and walk with her."
In 2009, the inaugural Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk was held in the Pine Belt at Southern Miss's Pride field. For 2010, the event is taking place in the same location on October 23rd. Walters plans to participate with her team named "Ramona's Breast Friends Forever."
"When you are told that you have cancer you think your life is ending. But you just have to have a great attitude and strive hard and get care," said Walters.
Walters also stresses the importance of screenings and said her cancer was discovered during the course of a routine mammogram.
On Thursday, October 21st, at 6 p.m. we'll have the final part of our "Making Strides Moment" series. We'll discuss how you can get involved with the Pine Belt's second ever Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk.