Alcorn alumna Krista Davis is determined to beat breast cancer
Krista Davis was on the fast track to an amazing career in public relations and brand strategy. While interning as a junior strategist for The Resource Guild, a brand management, lifestyle marketing and strategy-consulting agency in Atlanta, Georgia, she was living the exciting life she’d always dreamed about. Little did she know that a trip to her OB-GYN would change her life.
“Right when I finally found the perfect internship that would lead to the perfect career, I found out I had breast cancer,” said Davis, who earned a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Alcorn State University in 2011.
Davis received the life changing diagnosis in June of this year. After initially being shocked by the news, the 27-year-old Meridian, Mississippi native channeled spirituality and relied on the positive vibes of her loved ones to help her prepare for her journey.
“My first emotion was disbelief, but then I quickly remembered that no matter what, I would be okay. My faith kicked in very fast and my support team did as well. I knew at that moment that I was being called on a journey that would inspire so many people. So, I put on my big girl pants and I’ve been pushing through this process with the mindset of being healed.”
The diagnosis prompted Davis to research the disease and how to deal with its effects. Once she began treatment, she realized that she would have to make sacrifices such as taking off from work and losing her hair to chemotherapy, which was a hard pill for her to swallow. Despite everything that she has been through, Davis approaches life with a positive attitude.
“Everyday I wake up and I remind myself that I am not alone and that my creator loves me. Instead of focusing on all of the negative things, I focus on the positives. I choose happiness. Yes, I have bad days, but I quickly remember that there is nothing too hard for my creator.”
Davis’ unshakable faith in a higher power and determination has proved to be affective in her healing process.
“I have been blessed with nothing but good news at every doctors visit. The mass in my breast is shrinking and my health has not failed. I am on my way to beating cancer.”
Now that Davis is on her way to defeating breast cancer, she wants to advise women of all ages to be aware and take precautions to prevent the disease.
“Breast cancer doesn’t have an age. Younger women tend to be unaware of the disease because they think that only older women are at risk. It is important for women to learn how to do self-breast exams and visit a physician regularly. It is also important to maintain a healthy lifestyle by eating healthy and exercising consistently.”
Due to her inability to work, a go fund me account has been set up to help generate funds to support her medical expenses and daily necessities. To donate, visit www.gofundme.com/g82ar2a45s.