Meet Monica – Barbells For Boobs

So at 33, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I went through chemotherapy treatments, 10 breast surgeries, hair loss and weakness. It’s a journey that requires you to be in that ring of where you’re the only one that’s up there with the fight. You can have your team of supporters in your corner, but you can’t take them in there when you’re going in for treatment or surgeries or what it’s like to wake up in the middle of the night afraid, fearful. So there’s a lot of things that at 33, I experienced. I was willing to face cancer by getting involved in a charity organization, by getting involved in a non-profit, by getting involved in helping others and advocating. I don’t refer to it as a job, I refer to it as a life experience all together, being here at Barbells for Boobs. being part of this team is like living my dream. It means that I’m able to give back through my own experience some knowledge and some firsthand experience of knowing what it’s like to have this fear that you might have an abnormal lump or concern about your breast. When folks call or when we get emails, I take their calls directly. Questions can involve any kind of breast concern. I’m able to share my own personal experience to help someone else. With the funds that you’re providing us, we grant those funds to organizations, hospitals, clinics, other non-profits to provide direct services. Mammograms, MRIs, biopsies, those type of direct services are needed to find out if you’re living with breast cancer. Breast cancer made me realize that there had to be more, there had to be more after this diagnosis. This thing we call life where we’re here, we live, we die type of thing, it’s like absolutely not, there’s gotta be something where it’s a little more purposeful. I wanted to still be included in the race. With the rest of the human race where it’s doing the same things that everyone’s able to do, and I pushed myself to a point where I’m going to try the CrossFit, I’m going to do this and I’m going to see what it looks like and what it feels like. With CrossFit, I found that missing part. And what I’ve discovered is it actually gave me quite a bit of that mental strength that I’ve been missing in my life. And though I may not have the muscles yet, working on it, 6 months! It’s been able to really, really help me mentally. I know it sounds kind of weird but for me it’s been more mental. I’m involving my body but it’s been an incredible mental challenge and it’s been awesome.

6 Replies to “Meet Monica – Barbells For Boobs”

  1. Monica, rock on.  Do what it is that you do.  Keep an open mind for all treatment modalities.  Chin up.  It helps you and others.

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