Amy is a member of Team Move More Fitness as the Training Coordinator. She is very active in our online community, as well as our In Shape in 8 and Online Training programs. Here is what Amy has to say about her fight:
I was asked to write about myself and my fight. I would rather first explain what I am fighting for. As a single mother I fight for two of the sweetest, most kind-hearted, thoughtful and loving little girls. After years of emotional neglect and inevitable abandonment from their father, (my X-husband) I have fought to show my girls courage, self- respect and love. As a personal trainer, I fight for my friends/clients. Everyone deserves to love themselves first and I know, from first-hand how difficult loving one’s self can be. I overcame morbid obesity, bulimia, anorexia and even musclerexia, only to find my passion in helping others avoid the pitfalls that plagued my health. By learning how to help others, I was able to heal and create a healthy lifestyle for myself and my family.
My health began to deteriorate in September of 2014. My doctor had found a lump during my annual ‘routine maintenance’ exam that was later biopsied and diagnosed as ‘Cystosarcoma Phylloides”, a very rare and very aggressive form of breast cancer. This type of cancer has been found in only .01% of all diagnosed breast cancer patients so there is not a great amount of information to help, other than the fact that Chemotherapy and radiation treatments have proven to be fruitless when utilized. Phylloides tumor cases was the aggressive nature of the disease. A mass that is benign can grow very quickly and become malignant in a short time, such as the case with my own battle. Surgery was scheduled, and the tumor that was removed had almost doubled in size taking along with it pectoral muscle that it had infiltrated.
After 9 months, the tumor has reappeared, but this time is even larger and is pressing against my chest cavity causing chest pain and difficulty breathing. After arriving at my physicians to begin the process of removal again, I was advised that my children and I had been dropped from our insurance, and due to a decrease in income (following a recent divorce battle) I did not qualify for private health insurance or government assistance through Obamacare. A few days later, my car was repossessed and I had learned that my landlord not to renew my lease at the end of August. However, I have to forge on; I am scheduled to meet with a surgeon and continue and complete the process of removing the tumors under ‘self-pay’ status and will need help with medical bills not only for myself but my two daughters, one who needs daily medication. Thank you for your support.
You can support Amy and others by running in our Virtual Race, this October!