FRANKFORT — Secretary of State Elaine Walker says she's preparing to undergo radiation treatments after recovering from a lumpectomy to remove a malignant tumor in her breast.
Because of early detection, doctors found that the cancer hadn't spread to her lymph nodes, the Bowling Green resident said Thursday.
"I feel so good," she said. "I feel good physically. I feel very optimistic. And, quite frankly, I know that a lot of this has been a result of the number of people who I know and the hundreds and hundreds of people who I don't know who have said they're thinking about me, said that they're praying for me. I am just amazed."
Walker, 60, said she'll find out next week from her physicians at James Graham Brown Cancer Center in Louisville whether chemotherapy will be necessary. She said early indications suggest it won't be.
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"Everything looks great," she said.
The radiation treatments are expected to begin by early December.
Walker has been talking publicly about her disease to encourage all women to get routine mammograms and to perform self-exams to catch the disease early.
Walker, former mayor of Bowling Green, was appointed secretary of state in January by Gov. Steve Beshear when Republican incumbent Trey Grayson resigned. She sought election to a full term but lost in the Democratic primary to Alison Lundergan Grimes, who went on to win the general election Tuesday.
With about two months remaining in her term, Walker said she planned to maintain a regular work schedule.
"People stop me in the grocery store and on the street to say, 'You go girl,' " she said. "And how can you not be lifted up from that?"