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In February 2013 I was diagnosed with Stage ZERO breast cancer. Who knew there was such a stage (not me) - but there is AND it's the BEST time to have cancer diagnosed. My treatment was (minor) surgery and radiation. Done.

After radiation my oncologist reminded me of how small of an area was affected and told me 'go live your life'. She suggested I will have a different perspective as I go live my life. I considered her words of advice.

So..... in July 2013 I got on my bike (after several years of not) and began riding, which felt awesome. I love biking. I made a commitment to ride every day (weather permitting) and managed to ride five to six days each week. Then I began eating better. I tracked my fitness and eating on SparkPeople to motivate me to stay on track and to allow me to see how awesome I was doing. I began interval walking/running in October. I felt so much healthier and stronger.

I was losing about 1 - 2 pounds each week. Then the miracle happened. In November once I got to 25 pounds gone I needed to buy smaller clothes. Nothing fit - nothing. Thank goodness generous people donate incredible new (or like-new) stuff to Goodwill. I am writing this in December 2013 and I have lost 38 pounds since July. I've tossed my size 16 and 14 clothes. I was thrilled to buy size 12 - but had to donate them back to Goodwill because now I wear a size 8.

With the fantastic snow in Minnesota I am unable to bike or run so I now visit the YMCA four to five time a week. I have an ongoing commitment to 'do' something every day. Some days that means I do fifteen minutes of kettle bells at home or part of a Tony Horton video or just 100 sit-ups/crunches.

In the past I've heard people reflect that having had cancer made a positive affect on their lives and hinted it wasn't a bad thing to have happened to them. I thought that must be the reaction of those really strong, super positive folks. I am not above average strong or super positive - but had I not had my cancer and been given some of the best advice I might still be 40 pounds over weight - which made me miserable, unhealthy and negatively affected my life in so many, many ways.

To my doctor - this IS the life I want to live. Thanks for suggesting I use my new perspective in a positive way.

Member Since: 4/26/2010

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Live a healthy, active life.

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I am committed to being active everyday.

I am trying to adopt a Plant-Based diet as promoted by Dr. joel Fuhrman (Eat for Life) and proposed in the documentary, 'Forks over Knivies'.

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