We’ll be chatting with sponsor Under Armour Women and three amazing breast cancer survivors. Please join us.
It was March of 2009 and I was pregnant, breast-feeding, and 27 years young. I noticed a smallish, painless lump. Breast cancer. Aggressive, triple-negative, breast cancer. I am a BRCA1+ mutation carrier. My Mom passed away from ovarian cancer when I was 11. I had to have my entire right breast removed while 7 months pregnant. The tumor was 2 cm’s in size, the lymph node test came back positive, and I was stage 1.
Our unborn daughter went through 4 rounds of chemo in utero. Prior to our starting chemo she was diagnosed with 2 birth defects, bilateral cleft lip and cleft palate. The little girl inside of me was counting on my strength to get through the chemo, to make sure she could grow and to stay as healthy as she could.
I was diagnosed with Stage II A invasive ductile breast cancer in July, 2011. My doctor noticed a small mass during a routine exam (just 6 weeks after a normal mammogram). We were shocked with the diagnosis. Having turned 43, I was in great physical shape as a group fitness instructor and multi-sport enthusiast. I had, and still do have, endless energy and couldn’t believe cancer was lurking inside me. I knew I had to be proactive for my family. I underwent a bilateral mastectomy and reconstructive surgery. Cancer had affected one lymph node (out of the 18 removed) so I also endured 4 months of chemotherapy treatments.
Growing up, I had been a competitive figure skater, nationally ranked and a picture of fitness. After college, I joined the military and it was there, where my life really changed. In January 2009, six days before I was to lead my platoon in the Presidential Inauguration Parade, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. At age 26. With no family history.
The diagnosis hit me like a ton of bricks. I was so shocked, as my doctors had previously told me that the biopsy had shown some abnormal cells, but no cancer. Apparently, the test had been sent to another lab, where it was properly read. At the time of my diagnosis, I had no time to absorb it, as I was the Training Officer of my military unit and in charge of training over 200 people to march in front of an audience of millions in only six days.
These are the stories of the three Ambassadors for the Under Armour Power in Pink Survivor campaign— a celebration of the many women who use fitness and exercise in their fight against breast cancer. Find out how they overcame their diagnoses, what part fitness and a healthy lifestyle played in their recovery, and what you can do to help in the fight against breast cancer.
- Thursday, October 17th 9pm EST/8pm CST
- Hashtag is #POWERINPINK
- Be sure to follow @FitFluential, @UAWomen, @jd6cancerfree, @stasi_bogtrout and @Kristin_PiP so you don’t miss a tweet
- Two chat particiapants will be randomly chosen to receive a Power in Pink head-to-toe swag bag. US only, please.
Hope to see you there!
About the Under Armour Power in Pink Collection: UA Power In Pink® celebrates the women who use sports, fitness, and an active lifestyle in their fight against breast cancer. Under Armour® will donate a minimum of $500,000 to various breast cancer centers & charities through the UA Power In Pink® program.
*New to this? Just search for #POWERINPINK on Twitter at chat time to view the conversation and make sure to add #POWERINPINK to your replies so that they are visible to other participants.*