BECKLEY, WV (WVNS) – Sherri Burleson is a Registered Nurse at the Beckley VA Medical Center. However, on Friday, October 25, she stood on the property with a different role: a breast cancer survivor. She spoke about the moment her 2013 diagnosis changed her life forever.
“I went in and had the routine studies done and I had a mammogram and then they sent me straight to ultrasound,” Burleson recalled. “I can remember sitting in that office getting that diagnosis, and you kind of just deflate.”
Burleson was joined by friends, family, and coworkers, like VA Public Affairs Officer, Sara Yoke, who have been touched by the disease at the VA’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk. Together they put one foot in front of another to raise awareness.
“1 in 8 women in the U.S, that’s 12 percent, will be affected by breast cancer,” Yoke said. “So whether it’s a veteran we serve here, a coworker, a friend or loved one, we all have felt the toll that breast cancer can take on somebody. “
Burleson also talked about ways to prevent breast cancer.
“As a nurse and as a breast cancer survivor, it’s my duty, I feel, to educate women,” Burleson added. “I want to encourage them to do their self checks and do their mammograms early after the age of 40.”