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Monday, August 18, 2008

My Coachee's Story of Inner Strength and Triumph



One of the women I coach was diagnosed with breast cancer in July. Hers is a story of inspiring personal strength and triumph. With permission, I am posting her email to me from the other day. She credits BeachBody for saving her life, by helping her lose the weight that made detecting the lump in her breast possible. What's more, she is as determined as ever to rock this round of the X!

Thank you for sharing yourself with all of us, hon, and for being such an incredible example of strength! We heart you!

Love ,

Barbie
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Dear Barbie,

Hello! How awesome to hear from you. I haven't checked my e-mail recently so I just saw this today. I think about you and the whole BeachBody world all the time as well. I forget exactly where I left off in my breast cancer saga...the tumor was 1.3 mm, stage 1, zero nodes (yea!), positive for estrogen and progesterone (that's good actually) and the surgeon is sure he got it all. But it was grade 2, ergo somewhat agressive (stupid tumor) so my oncologist (hard still for me to believe I have an oncologist) recommended 6 rounds of chemo followed by 6 weeks of radiation. Then I go on an estrogen blocking drug for 5 years. For someone who is really averse to doctors, hospitals, etc, this is all quite mind-whirling.

I had a "port" inserted on July 29 to deliver the chemo. As freaky as it sounded at first, I'm actually glad I got the port, since every nurse at the hospitals I've been to has told me that without it I would end up with ruined veins. (Sounds painful and perhaps ugly...remember I'm pretty vain. Oh look, a pun.) I had my first round of chemo on August 5. Felt very tired and queasy for the next couple of days, but all manageable. The day after chemo, August 6, I did Kenpo X!

Which brings me to how much I love Tony Horton and BeachBody. As difficult and life-altering as this summer has been, I could not be making it through this without the X. That may sound insane but it's so true. First, I'm convinced that I wouldn't even have discovered my tumor on my own and early if I hadn't lost 20 pounds with Debbie and Tony. Once "the girls" shrunk, I felt the tumor. Then, after I was diagnosed, I was determined to finish the X. I knew it would take me longer than 90 days, because there were certain days I just could not workout (surgery days, fasting for scans days, the few days where the node cut under my arm got infected and I couldn't lift my arm, etc.) I just kept readjusting the X schedule and moving forward. Now I am in the final recovery week! I did Core Syn today. For me it's day 95 of P90X and I will need until day 100 to finish the program, but I WILL finish it.

Despite breast cancer, I'm in the best shape of my life. I have some actual ab definition. I'm strong. I'm lean. It's incredible. I owe Tony so much. My weight is down to 113, which is really too low for me, but the chemo definitely gets some blame for that. I eat as much as I can stuff in my face before I start to get queasy. I'm eating right now even.

I don't know if you c*aches have some "magic" way to communicate with Tony and Debbie, but if you ever get the chance, please tell them they saved my life. And you, Miss Barbie, are also a part of that. I got hooked on your thread with Ro in January and never looked back. You inspired me to start the X. I think about you a lot.

How are you doing? Are you still in NYC? When do you go back to Texas? How are your boys? Is Ziggy still making you sneezy? Give me an update! By the way, if you happen to be coming to Europe in the next year, please let me know. It would be cool to meet you for real.

The X!

Love and hugs,
screen name Commit2BeFit

7 comments:

Heather said...

Thanks for sharing your story! It really is so motivational! You are so strong! And it's amazing that you stayed your course with your workouts! I can't say enough how your story touched my heart! Here's to Beachbody and better health saving lives in ways we never thought of before!

Thanks again, and stay strong!

Heather

Anonymous said...

Love you, girl!! Seriously, I am blown away by you. Thank you for sharing. I'm gonna know you for life, baby!!

Barbie

Anonymous said...

Your story is amazing. Incredible a real inspiration that makes us reaize how amazing you are. Thank you for sharing your story!

Anonymous said...

It is through life's biggest challenges that we find an inner strength we never new existed. Thank you for sharing your story with us!

Live life to the fullest!

Sue (sharker)

Anonymous said...

I am truly amazed at your strength and attitude. You are really a person to admire and respect. I honestly don't know if I could be as strong and determined as you are right now. About 2 years ago I had to have a hysterectomy and it really scared the heck out of me. I had a real hard time with deppression. I hope if I ever have to face something like you are, that I can be as strong. I hope I might have the will to do PX90 in 100 days!! What a woman!! Please come and see us anytime you can, want to, or need to. Take Care!!

Jim said...

Lisa - WOW!
I'm glad to hear that everything is going as good as expected. You are an amazing woman to be sticking with your workout goals.
Hearing about your losing 20lbs to be able to identify the tumor got me thinking about my own situation. You truly are an inspiration. Thanks for sharing your story. - Jim

coachange@yahoo.com said...

Thanks for sharing your story!