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.