PHOEBE WALKER, MAL While pursing her heart’s desire of medical school in 2001, Mrs. Walker’s educational plans were derailed with a diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis. Five years later, disease progression left her completely blind in both eyes and incapacitated. After fighting back for more than a year, she successfully attained the return of most physical abilities and eyesight. While she lives with permanent optic nerve damage it is almost normal when the good parts of each eye compensate for the damage in the opposite eye. Even after the year in crisis, Mrs. Walker pushed on to return to University for professional education. As of today, Mrs. Walker holds a Bachelor’s of Science in biology with a minor in environmental science. The culmination of her tenacity and hard work paid off when her undergraduate research on an embryological study of a rare and threatened species of fish was published in a peer reviewed journal. Click to see article (under her former name, Gretchen Walker). I would be remiss if I did not point out that in having her undergraduate science research published in a peer reviewed journal, Mrs. Walker presented this research at an annual science symposium to an auditorium of academic professionals. Years later, she completed a Masters of Arts in Leadership, and a Life Coaching certification. Mrs. Walker has more than 22+ years experience in service, where she has guided individuals suffering from life crisis circumstances, trained and lead youth in community service, and worked to raise awareness for various health and charity events. Lastly, she has more than 12 years experience in public speaking where she has presented on personal development at churches, shelters, and public venues; emphasis on surviving hardships with good coping mechanisms, informative on health issues, and efforts to motivate individuals to personal action and personal development toward more resolution in their own lives. She guides with an overall emphasis on mindful living. Mrs. Walker is strong both academically and through personal experience. It is a great strength that she brings both facets to the table with all her life endeavors.
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