No one survives life’s toughest challenges alone. Sometimes we have our family, friends and medical professionals by our side to help us. And sometimes, the most important thing we can do is learn from other stories of survival. When we meet people who have not only experienced something similar but actually came through it better and stronger, it provides hope and inspiration. We invite you to Share Your Story of “Surviving & Thriving.” Your words could be just the thing someone needs to keep moving forward. Share the gift of hope.
Submitted by Diane Shadgett:
Last February, I was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer. It had spread to my lymph nodes.
At 44, I thought I was done with cancer. I had uterine cancer when I was 32 and had a hysterectomy. With this diagnosis, I was to undergo chemotherapy, a bi-lateral masectomy, radiation and the removal my ovaries.
I own a personal training studio and help people every day with battles. I continued to work through my treatment. There were days I couldn’t because the chemotherapy I received burnt my hands and feet so badly I couldn’t walk. I didn’t let it stop me.
Since I was a health professional and in great shape, I endured high doses of very strong chemo every other week. I continued training clients and teaching pilates classes. I wanted to show people you could live while fighting. You didn’t have to curl up and wait for it to be over.
After blood transfusions and near liver failure, I continued my fight. I continued working out, running 5ks and helping people. I made it through the multiple surgeries.
On February 6, I had my final reconstructive surgery. I am resting and excited that I made it to my finish line with cancer!
I am strong again physically, my business is booming and I have proved you can live and fight!