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Nashville church member credits faith, friends in her battle with cancer


The Walker family (Photo via www.caringbridge.org/visit/sarawalker)

WSMV in Nashville, Tenn., features an interview with Sara Walker, who attends the Brentwood Hills Church of Christ with her husband, Brian, and their sons, 5-year-old Camden and 3-year-old Scott.
Walker, 33, received a double dose of devastating news in December. After a healthy pregnancy, she miscarried a daughter. Weeks later, she learned that she has Stage 4 colon cancer.
Walker, a physical therapist, graduated from Lipscomb University and earned a physical therapy degree from Belmont University.
“I’ve never heard her say, ‘Why me?’ Not once,” fellow Belmont grad Whitney Ball told WSMV. “She will tell you she is not special in any way, but all of us who know her will tell you she is one of the most special.”
On her CaringBridge page, Walker describes how faith and her church family have helped her cope:

The first two days home from the emergency room, I lived in extreme fear and doubt; total hopelessness. Understand I was not afraid to die for myself; I know my real home is wonderful beyond my imagination. I was afraid for my boys, for Brian, for my parents and my siblings, for all of my family.
And then an amazing, miraculous thing happened: for then the prayers and the love began. My blood family arrived, and their strong faith in a good and loving God lifted me up. My spiritual family, especially my current church family at Brentwood Hills and former (for lack of a better word) church family at Vaughn Park, rallied around me in a way I have never before experienced or even seen from the outside.
Through those people, God made His presence known, just as he had in that hospital when we delivered and gave up our daughter Anna. My hope returned. I have all of you to thank for that. To everyone of you who have prayed, whether I know you or not, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. God is working through you.

Friends are hosting The Walker Run, a fundraiser for the family’s medical expenses, on April 9 in Nashville. Register or donate to help the Walkers at the event’s website.

  • Feedback
    I had to deal with an intruder over a year ago–melanoma. Your description of how you felt is virtually the same as all of us who have had to deal with cancer. Thankfully I, too, had a strong support system of family, friends, and medical staff at the Moffit Cancer Center in Tampa, FL. I received a good report yesterday on my third follow-up visit after surgery. I lift my hands everyday in praise to my Heavenly Father for his marvelous grace and blessing of healing.
    Jimmy Edwards
    March, 24 2011

    The Sylvan Hills Church of Christ Cancer Support Group in Sherwood, Arkansas will add sister
    Sarah and brother Jimmy to our prayer list; We are a group of Christians who are either ” actively fighting” cancer of some type,and
    / or caregivers , or cancer survivors ; we meet twice a month to pray
    for each other, encourage one another, and love one another through
    the ups and downs of cancer treatments and recovery; We have a couple of thoughts we would like to share with Sarah and Jimmy and all others who walk through this valley called cancer :
    WHAT CANCER CANNOT DO
    Cancer is so limited . . .
    It cannot cripple Love
    It cannot shatter Hope
    It cannot corrode Faith
    It cannot destroy Peace
    It cannot Kill Friendship
    It cannot suppress Memories
    It cannot silence Courage
    It cannot invade the Soul
    It cannot steal Eternal Life
    It cannot Conquer the Spirit
    Author Unknown
    Lee Beason
    March, 24 2011

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