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Cristin's Breast Cancer Story

Posted by The Edge Fitness Clubs on October 6, 2021

This October, help us honor our Edge warriors who have been affected by Breast Cancer. 🎀 Meet Cristin, a Group X Instructor in Media, PA, and a breast cancer survivor. Cristin- we're grateful to be a small part of your journey and are so glad fitness has been an outlet for you!

"April 23, 2019, I got the most anticipated phone call of my life. My biopsy results had come back positive for Breast Cancer.

When we got the call so many things were going through my mind. I just couldn’t believe this was happening, I was young with two small kids, I eat healthily, and I teach Group Fitness classes!! After meeting with the surgeon and doing genetic testing, we found out that I am also BRACA 1 positive. That gene came from my dad’s side of the family. My aunt had passed away at a young age from Ovarian Cancer. I learned that the BRACA 1 gene includes Ovarian, Prostate, and Breast Cancer.

Once all the MRI, CT scans, and genetic testing were done, I was officially diagnosed with Triple Negative Breast Cancer. I would have to undergo some heavy treatment. So in May of 2019, I did 4 rounds of heavy chemo, followed by another 12 weeks of a different type of chemo. I had a double mastectomy as well as 25 rounds of radiation. Lastly, I underwent a full hysterectomy because of my family history.

I became part of the Edge Family here in Media, PA in January of 2018. Despite the treatment and surgeries one of the hardest things for me was to give up teaching during this time. Being in the Group X studio was the highlight of my day. There is no better way to get out frustrations than throwing the Bodypump bar around. I knew this was going to be the hardest year of my life. Not only did I fight this battle for my family, but I fought so I could be back doing what I love. After talking with all my doctors, I set a goal to be back in the gym by January 2020! I am happy to say I achieved that goal.

The Edge welcomed me back with open arms. 'You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.' This November I will be 2 years cancer-free!!" -Cristin

 

 Cristin's 1st class back after treatment!

Cristin