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praying for me and always willing to help me in any way possible. I finished my radiation treatments on March 3 of this year and I was overjoyed when I was finally done! I informed my nurse that I was going to run a half marathon two months later. I ran my half marathon in the Colorado Marathon race on May 7 in Fort Collins. It was a beautiful cloudy day and I ran the entire race and finished with a time of 2:31. Not bad for someone who had just gone through a double mastectomy and radiation during the past six months prior to the race! “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13 I’m a very independent person and it was very difficult for me not to be able to do my everyday activities during this entire ordeal. God has really humbled me during my journey. In Psalm 46:10 He says, “Be still and know that I am God.” I tried being so strong throughout all of this but I wish I would have just taken some time to embrace my journey instead of having to feel like I was always fighting a battle. I’ve also realized that it’s so important to heal mentally not just physically. I’ve learned to slow down and enjoy the little things in life. I thank God everyday for my health and I surround myself with nature, run, exercise, listen to music and pray. It’s important to find our inner peace and joy no matter what we may be going through.


In closing I would like to reiterate how important it is to get an annual physical, do monthly breast exams and have a yearly mammogram. My cervical cancer was detected through my annual pap smear. My breast cancer was detected from my first mammogram. I had no lump or abnormalities in my breasts at all. I had simply just turned 40 and it was time to get my first mammogram. My primary care physician said, “Diana I know you’ve had cancer twice and it’s been rough. But thank God that in both occasions you caught it at it’s early stages." I will never forget that. Early detection truly does save lives. It made a difference in my life on both occasions. I am so thankful for my family, friends, coworkers, neighbors and complete strangers who have helped me through this journey. I’ve seen cancer bring out the best in people and it unites people together like nothing and no one else can. My inspiration and strength comes from God, my husband Troy, Brandon, Ryan, my family, friends and coworkers. I look forward to sharing my story with others, to help them through their cancer journey as well. NANCY BARKER, CONT. FROM PG 46

My husband was my rock throughout and was there with love and support day in and day out. He was there for me 100% and I’m

so blessed to have him. This has truly been a growing experience for me and I feel that I’m a stronger woman because of it. God has always had a plan for me and He has never left my side. It has been a great experience to meet and get to know the other models and I admire them all. We have shared much laughter and many tears. Thank You, Hope Lives, for giving me this great opportunity. KARA COATES, CONT. FROM PG 47

outlive them as a child should outlive their parents. I can also say that without my career I would not have made it through so easily. I have worked at Crop Production Services for the last 8 years; my manager and coworkers have been supportive throughout my entire treatment. They have made me feel important and needed, which gives me another reason to get up every day. It feels very strange to know this cancer will more than likely kill me, but again I see benefits in the experience itself. Of course, I don’t want cancer – and yes, I have bad days - but the experience has changed me into a positive, more spiritual, strong and happy person. A lot can change in 10 years so I have hope that something will come along to cure or extend my life longer. I am determined to enjoy whatever time I have left in this amazing world.


2017-09 Lydia's Style Magazine  
2017-09 Lydia's Style Magazine  

Annual Breast Cancer Issue!