Jacqueline Walters

Dr. Jackie explains how her diagnosis has lead to her "Mother Teresa-like" life.

on Apr 6, 20130

This week the viewers are able to witness something that is very near and dear to my heart. In 2004, I found myself on the opposite end of the diagnosis. My colleague informed me I had breast cancer and would have to have a lumpectomy, chemotherapy, and radiation. Four years later, I had to hear those words again "breast cancer," and I had to undergo a double mastectomy. The breast cancer diagnosis would change my life forever.

I know that there are some viewer and even cast members that think I am a "prude."  That's just not true; I love to have fun. I had no family history of breast cancer so how did it choose me? That will always be an unanswered question. I am determined to live everyday healthy to keep my diagnosis in the past and not present. I don't drink alcohol, smoke, or overindulge in fatty foods. Not because I'm "Mother Teresa-like," but because that increases my chances of reoccurrence.

I had amazing support during this difficult time. Dr. Simone was a part of the support group. She went to appointments with me and consoled me as I cried uncontrollably. She has been a true friend. Simone and I laughed and cried together. Doctors do have emotions!

24 comments
Acevedo
Acevedo

Congrats on surviving breast ca. My daughter is 28 just told she has ovarian ca. She will be starting chemo after having surg just last month. I KNOW she will also be up there saying she is a survivor for x amount of years.

escape28
escape28

Dr. Jackie thanks for sharing your story. Stay positive you are a role model to many.

denisewilson2468
denisewilson2468

I watched your show last week for the first time and i was so sad that a doctor would call someone fat to the point she didn't eat for a day.  Why would you do that do you judge your patients that way?  Also your interaction with your daughter was scary about eating a salad. It is good to be healthy but your tone is rude and mean.  

mscgibbs
mscgibbs

I have a new respect for you.  My mother-in-law had breast cancer and she handled it wad grace much like you.  Keep on doing what you have to do to stay healthy

Passion59
Passion59

Dr Jackie..First let me say! "How inspired I'am because of your journey! those who make snide comments I feel sorry for! you are an amazing woman! and as a MOM of a surviving ONLY! daughter! I applaude you! we are are from DC and I hope to meet you one day....when I come to Georgia, also it is an "Honor to see that our BLACK! Woman are still doing it! against the odds! mat the "Holly Spirit! bless you and you family Always...Passsion

jeanne.ireland
jeanne.ireland

Going through treatment now for BC.  Glad you are paying it forward, I plan on doing the same.  Thank you for sharing your story.

persianprincess
persianprincess

You don't need to explain why you don't drink, smoke, or whatever you brag that you don't do! Frankly I don't neither. 

But you should look into why you treat the ones that choose differently so condescending! What is annoying about you is the way you carry yourself and your judgmental attitude as if your license to practice medicine made you know everything above all. 

Co-hen-n-nc
Co-hen-n-nc

I respect you & am so glad you are healthy! I lost my aunt at the age of 48 to breast cancer. I think you are so nice but I have to say this. Your friends (Quad, Maria) put time & effort into their outfit. Much more than others did & I think they thought you would like it & appreciate the effort. I did!!! They were there for you, to support you. Why would you act like they were trying to make a joke out of something serious. You must know they are aware of how serious this is & that was not their goal. I was really surprised you didn't appreciate them more. It seems like you are not giving Quad a fair chance. I need to see a little more but it almost seems like you think you are better than her. Maybe not, maybe you just need to lighten up a little & it comes across that way. I am sure it is not easy when your career requires you to deal with such serious issues.

Juror69
Juror69

Dr. Jackie, there is no need to explain who you are or why you conduct yourself the way you do. Keep being you. Your light shines bright from within and for those do not recognize that...thats their issue, not yours. 

Miamipistol
Miamipistol

You exemplify Maya Angelou's Phenomenal Woman, as well as your medical peer in the show. As for the rest of the cast pure gutter trash- what a shame in the display of these unfiltered women and the example of weak black women- Kudos to you please unassociated yourself from that pack of wolves-

subscribe01
subscribe01

I loved you from the start...but i am now distancing from you Dr Jackie... YOU ARE TOO JUDGEMENTAL...YOU SEE YOURSELF BETTER THAN ALL OF THOSE WOMEN. ALways looking for faults. You are not nice. Why was it wrong for Quad and Mariah to were those pink costumes. You always trying to make everyone just like you. And that is so Wrong.  I am disappointed ...I thought as a Dr you would understand personalities , characters and behaviour better. But I tell you you need to WORK ON THAT. BE BLESSED.

purpleprincess1
purpleprincess1

Dr.diva,

It was nice to see you show some kind of human emotion. For the first time since the show started i liked you. you were very strong in your connection  with your fellow cancer survivors and you showed that you have a heart not just for yourself but for all . your story will live with me for a very long time. Also i think you should loosen up and have some fun you are wound wayy toooooo tight!!!

ejd7
ejd7

Thank you for sharing your story.  It was so powerful!  For many women, it takes great moments of strength, not weakness, to be able to discuss something so personal and profound.  My mother is BRCA2 positive, and while I have been fortunate enough to test negative, this disease has been a seeming constant within my family.  Even with testing negative, however, I still started my mammograms early and have them annually.  You really touched my heart last night!  How wonderful for all of us that you have a platform to reach so many women! 

Tynder
Tynder

Dr. Walters you are excellent! I'm so proud of you!

MeshaMesha
MeshaMesha

Thank you for being a positive role model! You and Dr. Simone keep it both real and classy. Also, your hair was "gone with the wind fabulous" during the walk.

KLH_13
KLH_13

You are very much the def of a lady and I look up to you

ruby63
ruby63

I think you and Dr. Simone are the best of the show! Keep up the good work maybe some of what you do will influence the others.

MamaJoe72
MamaJoe72

Okay, My DVR is set. I just got back from Atlanta with the hubby. Yay Michigan! So while in the ATL. I, of course, got inside scoop from the gatekeepers of the world about a few of Atlanta's "reality" shows and new money celebrities. The drama is guaranteed coming out of Atlanta. I am going to enjoy dissecting what is real, staged, or imagined. After seeing the two lady docs' personalities, it is safe to say we have a fun cast of characters. So I will DVR the show. As a thyroid cancer survivor and a supporter of breast cancer charities, I thought Dr. Jackie represented well.

ibrake4bravo
ibrake4bravo

Jackie,

When it comes to the subject of anorexia, your words and actions contradict one another. In last week's blog, you addressed the seriousness of such disorders and chastised Quad for her words and actions regarding the subject. Given the facts you stated, you do seem to be knowledgable about the disease itself. However, having seen the way you are with your step-daughter with regard to her eating habits and food choices, you obviously have much to learn about what causes these disorders to manifest. 

Muffie239
Muffie239

Hi Jackie, I hope you read this.  I was diagnosed with breast cancer on Oct. 22, 2012. I was so scared. On Sept. 30, 2012, I gave my life to Christ. That was the best thing that ever happened to me. I don't think I could have gotten through this without God. I had some unusual symptoms. My hands and feet were swollen and I thought I was having an allergic reaction to some meds I started taking. So about two the symptoms were the same. I made an appt with my PCP. She scheduled an U/S because of the knot I felt under my arm. U/S sent me to mammo. After taking a few images, there it was. I had a biospy and it came back postive. But they could never explain the swelling of my hands and feet. So I had flu/pneumonia like symptoms. Called my oncologist and was told to go the ED. When the took a chest xray, they said I had double pneumonia. I was admitted. They gave me antibiotics for days.I felt better a few days later. So I went home. This kept happening to me. I was hospitalized about 5 times. My xray looked the same, but I didn't have pneumonia. So Rheumatology and Pulmonary came in. So come to find out, I have an autoimmune lung disease also. I only had 3 treatments of chemo and my Pulmonologist had my Oncologist to stop the chemo treatments because of my lungs. During one of my hospital stays, I had another PET scan and mammo. The mass had shrunk so much, they could hardly see it on the mammo and could not see it at all on the PET scan. Thank you Jesus! I had surgery finally on March 21, 2013. My pathology came back negative. I am a cancer survivor. I know what you are going thru. I will keep you in my prayers.

Shirley-TN
Shirley-TN

 @purpleprincess1

 I agree with purpleprincess1, loosen up just a little. I had never thought of myself as wound too tight, but I am.  I realized it when I saw you.  I'm the same way.  Dr. Jackie, a simple thank you goes a long way.  I admire your strength as I have lost family members to breast cancer. 

Co-hen-n-nc
Co-hen-n-nc

@ibrake4bravo it almost seems like she just wanted to say something against Quad. Maybe not