Many of us have no idea how we would react to the words you have cancer.
One newly elected Lexington Fayette Urban County Councilwoman went from cancer to the campaign trail in the wake of her diagnosis.
Shevawn Akers is starting a new chapter in her life, opening the door to public service.
" I never thought I would have the courage and guts to put my face out there and my name out there," said Shevawn Akers.
Getting elected is tough, and Shevawn spent the last year working on getting her name out in Lexington's second district, but what many might not know is that in June of 2011 she had already started campaigning for her life.
"I went from oh I have all this stuff to do, my first mammogram, straight to an ultrasound to a biopsy and pretty much had cancer that day," said Akers.
At 37, the single mother with no family history of breast cancer was rocked, she had cancer. A week later she had a lumpectomy, started chemotherapy and then radiation. Thinking of her son Hayden she made a vow.
"I decided that day I was going to live, this was not going to beat me, the option of dying was not an option."
Shevawn wasn't going to let cancer limit her, she embraced being a face for other women. When she lost her hair she turned to a pink wig, another sign she wasn't letting cancer stop her.
And that's when she decided to go for something she had only dreamed about.
"My initial reaction was who goes from cancer to campaigning."
Shevawn Akers did!
"As a result of having gone through this experience I wasn't afraid anymore, all the things that years ago in my past that held me back, that courage I found it."
Shevawn Akers can say she has won two battles in her life, the most important that now allows her to serve the people of Lexington.
Shevawn credits early detection and urges women to listen to their bodies.
She will be sworn in Sunday January 6, as the newly elected second district councilwoman.