I am a 49 year old fourth year breast cancer survivor. I have always been pretty active but after my diagnosis, I realized I needed to be more consistent and make some serious changes. Today's chemotherapy treatments involve quite of bit of steroids and after treatment my body was bloated and weak. I was stage three and wasn't sure I was going to make it to see my daughter graduate from elementary school. I endured almost a year of chemotherapy and a double mastectomy. My life was forever changed. Instead of following doctors orders and taking medication for another 5 years of my life and dealing with a large amount of side effects only to receive a small percentage that the cancer would not return somewhere else in my body, I decided to change my life style.
This is where fitness and nutrition came in to play. I began working out, lost 20 pounds, shed some fat, built a little muscle and now I'm training for the Avon 39 Walk to end breast cancer.
I am far from an elite athlete but I am healthy and fit. Soon I will be 50 years old entering into my 5th year cancer free. I saw my daughter graduate and we're planning her 13th birthday. For this, I am happy and especially happy to be alive.
I want to encourage and motivate all those that will listen and especially other cancer survivors out there that we have control of our minds, our bodies and our health. We can be winners and beat the odds. It's possible and its definitely worth a try. Let's move more together!