While attending the 13th Annual EIF Revlon Run/Walk on May 1, 2010, I met so many inspiring women. However, there was one woman whose story touched me the most.
Meet “Warrior Woman,” Trevis Davis. Strong, courageous and fearless, Davis gears up for battle everyday. There is nothing stopping this woman, not even the cane she uses to walk. She is on the front line fighting a deadly and endless war. The same war that took the life of her great-grandmother, grandmother, mother and countless family members; the very same war that millions fight everyday. Cancer.
Most children inherit family fortunes and heirlooms but Davis at the young age of 17 inherited breast cancer. Now at the age of 58, Davis has outlived her mother who died at age 46, her aunt at 50 and eight of her cousins who never lived to see their thirtieth birthdays.
Cancer would change “Warrior Woman’s” life four times. The enemy was on the attack and would not allow Davis’ body a full recovery. Whenever she neared the five year milestone, where her cancer would rid itself indefinitely, the cancer would return with more ammunition. “I was four years and four months into five years when they had discovered that it had gone to my uterus,” says Davis.
Adamant about putting an end to the family inheritance, Davis had her whole family tested after her third diagnosis. She was ecstatic to learn that the enemy finally retreated. Her family would no longer be pre-disposed to cancer.
Davis’ road to victory was near but not before she faced other life obstacles. She survived a heart attack, stroke, multiple sclerosis and currently has a malignant brain tumor, which forces her to walk with a cane. “They told me I wouldn’t walk again after my tumor and I showed them,” says “Warrior Woman.”
With her cane in hand Davis continues to walk, and walk and walk.
At times life became overbearing but Davis says her strong faith in God gave her a positive outlook on life. She also visits young cancer patients to remind herself that unlike them, she has lived 58-years of life. For that, Davis is grateful.
She has two children, which she was able to conceive by harvesting her eggs. Her son is 14 and her daughter is 23-years old. Davis’ daughter is currently in medical school and plans to join her mother in combat by focusing on cancer research.
One foot in front of the other, Davis continues to walk, continues to carry the
weight of her family’s burden on her back. She walks for herself, she walks for her ancestors and most importantly she walks for a cure.
If you would like to learn more about cancer visit the American Cancer Association’s website.