Two-time breast cancer survivor, Bravo “Married to Medicine” star, and self-proclaimed “positive thinking warrior” Dr. Jackie Walters constantly uses her platform for good by being an advocate for breast cancer awareness but also mental health when diagnosed with the disease.
“I’m not sure why the mind immediately goes to death when we hear the diagnosis,” Walters said. “[But] research has shown that the mind is a powerful thing and it controls everything in your body. Surround yourself with positive affirmations, positive people, and positive things.”
Dr. Walters, a graduate of the University of Mississippi School of Medicine and practitioner at Atlanta Women’s Health Group, was first diagnosed in 2004 and then again in 2008. Soon after having a double mastectomy, Dr. Walters launched the 50 Shades of Pink Foundation to “provide support for the mind, body, and spirit of the breast cancer warrior.”
50 Shades of Pink not only raises awareness and fundraisers for the cause but they also treat the inner and outer beauty of breast cancer warriors by nurturing their physical, emotional and spiritual well-being.
“Even when I was in chemotherapy, I wanted to make others look good, [so] I would show the other ladies there how to make their scarves cute and make them look fly,” said Walters.
50 Shades of Pink also offers a support group for survivors and current fighters, led by doctors who have also fought the battle against cancer and won.
Dr. Walters also stressed the importance of using your journey to uplift and motivate others. “You are responsible for this fight. Don’t let others give you doubt or disbelief. Make your pain have a purpose, your misery a ministry, and let your struggles give you strength.”
50 Shades of Pink will present its fifth annual Gala & Fashion Show, with a Great Gatsby theme, at the Atlanta City Hall Atrium, hosted by actor and author Hill Harper. All proceeds will benefit 50 Shades of Pink Foundation’s mission of treating the inner and outer beauty of breast cancer warriors. Tickets are available for purchase here.