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Giving Tuesday

During this Thanksgiving season the #FlyFam was committed to give back. Our NYC studios partnered with The Food Bank of NYC for the month of November. Each NYC studio has a box by the front desk and is graciously accepting any donations, mainly canned food and non perishable goods.

Our boxes will be out in the studios until 12/7. Click here for the list of approved food we are collecting. Feel free to get into the spirit of giving as we fly into our holiday season by dropping off a can or two before you clip in!

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Juliette Lagasi: Breast Cancer Awareness

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness for the month of October, Flywheel is sharing stories from members of our #FlyFam community relating to their experiences with Breast Cancer. 

Please stay tuned, and thank you for reading!

 

 

“I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in August 2017 at 29 years old. It was an absolute shock to me. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would have the dreaded C word. A month after my diagnoses and after many many scans, I had lumpectomy surgery & sentinel node biopsy. After the surgery my treatment plan consisted of 4 months of chemotherapy and 34 radiation therapy treatments. I lost all my hair and invested in a bunch of fun hats to wear. It was a long year with lots highs and lows, but I battled through and came out stronger on the other side. Although the fight is never over, I still have monthly check ups and now doing hormone therapy to prevent re-occurrence,  I am proud to celebrate this October for 2 years cancer free!

During my cancer journey, Flywheel was my outlet to forget everything else and ride for me. I never felt like a cancer patient while riding in the studio. I worked through all my emotions on the bike and the Fly Fam was by my side the whole way, celebrating all my milestones with me.  I knew if I could ride 45 minutes and push it to the limit on the bike then I sure as heck could crush cancer as well!

The American Cancer Society is a nationwide organization dedicated to eliminating cancer.”

Margaretha Ehret: Breast Cancer Awareness

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness for the month of October, Flywheel is sharing stories from members of our #FlyFam community relating to their experiences with Breast Cancer. 

Please stay tuned, and thank you for reading!

 

“My name is Margaretha Ehret and I am from Philadelphia, PA. I am 32 years old and I am an Elementary school teacher and a high school sports coach (field hockey and lacrosse). I went to University of Pennsylvania, and played field hockey there…Go Quakers!

This past summer I was diagnosed with stage IV metastatic breast cancer. Metastatic breast cancer is any form of breast cancer that has spread beyond the breast to the liver, lungs, or bones.  As a fit, active, healthy 32 year-old with no family history of cancer, this was certainly unexpected and overwhelming news.  I went from taking Flywheel classes and coaching youth sports one day, to spending two weeks in the hospital going through test after test, to eventually receiving this life-altering news and starting chemo treatments within days. While only 5% of cases happen in people under 40, I have a new sense of awareness and understanding of how shocking that original diagnosis can be regardless of your age or medical history. Breast cancer can happen to anyone with what feels like no reason or explanation.  Although I have a long journey of chemo and surgery ahead of me, I feel positive about the direction my treatment is headed and have great trust and a deep respect for my oncologist and medical team.  I am slowly trying to learn and appreciate all the things cancer is teaching me as I take some time off work to focus on my health and treatment. One of the things I have learned is that while you can’t always control what happens to you, you can control how you react.  My family, friends, and the giant support teams of all the communities I have been a part of have been nothing but encouraging and motivating.  As I face this phase of my life I am so thankful for their love and support and they inspire me to have a positive mindset and continue my fight.

When I was first diagnosed with cancer, I had issues with a lot of swelling and nausea due to my body adjusting to all the new medications and the chemotherapy.  Those first few weeks were very challenging for me.  As a college athlete, a fitness enthusiast, and someone who coaches sports and fitness to high school athletes, it was hard for me to understand how it was even painful for me to lift myself out of bed. I found myself thinking “this isn’t my body”.  As I have slowly been learning to be grateful for all the things cancer is teaching me, one of those things is just how amazing the human body is.  How amazing my body is!  I have gone from being bed-ridden for several weeks, to slowly going on 15 minute walks and stretching, to doing 30 minute run-walks with family and friends, to now on my “chemo off weeks” taking classes like Flywheel and barre.  It is therputic for me to just be in the dark room, listening to great music, and feeling a sense of normalcy after feeling like my whole world has been flipped upside down. Although I am nowhere near the shape I used to be in and I am careful to push myself, it is incredible to notice and celebrate the small incremental growth and know that my body can thrive and do a lot more then I ever thought it could while battling cancer!

Although cancer can be daunting and I have moments of anxiety, uncertainty, and pain, I have chosen not to be scared of my diagnosis and focus on the things that make me feel joy, happiness, and most like myself. Working out and being fit has always been a part of who I am and I feel incredibly lucky to be in the Flywheel community, particularly during this time in my life. So many fellow riders, friends from class, and instructors have been so encouraging of me getting back on the bike and the energy and spirit from the classes always leaves me inspired.

Metastatic breast cancer is technically considered the deadliest form of breast cancer as the average life expectancy is 2 to 3 years with over 40,000 deaths in women and men across the US each year. The Breast Cancer Research Fund is the largest private funder of metastatic breast cancer research in the world funding both their own researchers as well as grants for lab groups across the country. More and more people are thriving significantly beyond this three year mark thanks to research that has created more cell targeted therapy and preventive medicine research.  So please when you are thinking pink this October, consider donating to BCRF and supporting all those fighting metastatic breast cancer!”

Spring Williams: Breast Cancer Awareness

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness for the month of October, Flywheel is sharing stories from members of our #FlyFam community relating to their experiences with Breast Cancer. 

Please stay tuned, and thank you for reading!

 

“On Friday, April 12th 2019, I received a phone call from my breast surgeon sharing news that no one wants to hear.   I was officially diagnosed with breast cancer.  In that moment, I was flooded with fear.  The world around me seemed to be moving in slow motion, but thoughts of my family, friends, and responsibilities raced through my mind like a movie being fast forwarded.

Just a few weeks before, I passed my audition to become part of the Flywheel team and was looking forward to going into training.  I was challenged by a dear friend to decide whether I would let this diagnosis defeat me or strengthen me.  Through each of my 7 rounds of chemotherapy, I continued to walk into the stadium at Fly. The motivation and energy permeating from each instructor on the podium combined with the metrics on my console encouraged me to FIGHT.  It emphasized the importance of cardiovascular fitness and strength at this time in my life more than ever.  It also made me more aware of people in the stadium as each one has some story/reason of their own that brings them into the stadium. Through this journey I am learning that extremely difficult situations yield extreme strength.

Each of my 7 rounds of chemotherapy killed cancer cells, blood cells, hair cells etc, but most importantly it killed things in my life that prevented me from growing and seeing beauty found in myself and other people.  The surgery and reconstruction that I am undergoing will always symbolize how breast cancer did not take my life, breast cancer gave me life.  The radiation that follows will polish the new me and give me a special glow.  The hormone therapy will keep me balanced so that the old me stays in the past.  This journey has had plenty of pain, tears, and emotional distress, but it doesn’t compare to the joy that has been produced in my heart .  My hope and prayer is for all people to allow trials that come in their life to bring greater character and joy.

“Embedded within each person are diamond-like qualities waiting to be mined bringing joy to our Maker, others, and ourselves.” (Prevail Magazine)

An organization that is near and dear to my heart is Healthy Life.  This organization has provided me with care to support the integrative treatments that I was in search of.  I am being treated by Penn Medicine and Healthy Life has provided me with passes to hot yoga, private infrared sauna treatments, massages after each chemo treatment, organic food deliveries from Hungry Harvest, books and much more.  This organization not only provides care to people with breast cancer, but to people with all forms of late stage cancer looking for holistic or integrative care.

Thank you again for allowing me to share my experience; this means more to me than I could ever explain.

You can also find me on Facebook and Instagram, and I also just started a Youtube channel to share the surgery portion and beyond.”

Spring Williams