Being diagnosed with breast cancer was a devastating blow for Bershan Shaw. At just 33, she was faced with a reality no woman is ever prepared for.
“You should be living your life. You should be thinking about your career, marriage, kids…not breast cancer,” Shaw tells Centric of her 2007 diagnosis.
Though she underwent successful radiation, two years later her cancer came back. This time at stage 4.
“I walked out [the doctor’s office] and said ‘I will live.’ I got on my knees outside the door and was like ‘God, please let me be a vessel,” Shaw recalls. “Let me be a motivational speaker to millions of women around the globe that they can beat this disease. I’m going to show them that they can beat it.’”
Seven years later, Shaw is cancer free and using her two-time cancer survival story to do just that.
With her social networking site, URAWarrior.com, and her book “365 Ways To Challenge You To A Better Life,” Shaw is empowering women across the country and around the world to find their inner warrior.
“Tomorrow may not come. We may not have any second chances,” Shaw says of one of her many mantras she tells others.
It’s her hope that through her work with URAWarrior, she will inspire women, and men, to grab life by the horns like the warriors they were meant to be. Much like the very cosmic woman who gave her a shot at television.
“Watch out, Oprah!” she says (laughing).