Care program helps Colorado Springs woman come to terms with life-threatening illness

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For the past year, Darlene Walker has been battling stage four colon cancer.

“I had a decision to go through chemo or not,” Darlene said.

It was a tough decision, but she decided to forgo treatment and make the most out of her remaining days.

“I wanted quality with my family instead of quantity,” Darlene said.

The Walker family chose to take part in Pikes Peak Hospice and Palliative Care. The program helps patients who are fighting terminal illnesses manage symptoms, provide care and give families a sense of comfort.

“It’s an amazing set of people that came into our lives and helped us,” Susan Walker, Darlene’s daughter, said.

It’s estimated that 40 million people in the world are in need of palliative care. The Walker family said the care program has helped them come to terms with Darlene’s illness.

“We take every day one day at a time and don’t know what tomorrow brings,” Susan said.

Each day is a new day, but this fighter is taking life head on.

“She’s the most positive individual I’ve come across as a patient,” nurse practitioner Rebekah Price said. “She has had such a beautiful outlook on life.”

She credits her support system for her optimistic outlook.

“My family has just been great and i feel like it’s made us better,” Darlene said.

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