From Sorrow to Survivor with Farrell’s Support

Lisa on a trip to Hawaii enjoying lifeBeliever…   Survivor….. What do these words mean to you? They have taken on a whole new meaning to me the last couple of years. We all take on various challenges and struggles in our daily lives, it is just the way of life. But when those challenges and struggles include the word “cancer”, it can be overwhelming and may cause one to head towards that place of doom, self-pity and negativity.

Up to July 2012 I felt that I had the world by the tail. I was comfortable in my personal life, my job was very satisfying, I had a great husband, and was thoroughly enjoying rising early each morning to head off to Farrell’s at the EP True location. Great, new friendships had formed at Farrell’s. Life was great.

Greatness soon took a turn for the worse. I was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Cancer. How could that be? I thought I was healthy and strong, I also thought I was overall a good person. Why would this be happening to me? Yes, when you are told that you have cancer, you tend to think the worst, the life you thought you had, was gone and there was no hope. Yes, I felt those emotions for sure. But soon I realized that I was strong, I was healthy, I had a great support system in my friends, family, doctors and foremost my husband. I knew that I had to fight and conquer. I knew that I had to confide in my new-found friends at Farrell’s what was ahead of me. Farrell’s was a part of me now and no way was I going to let this thing called cancer beat me. I was reminded by those at class how much they believe in my efforts to fight and conquer.

All during my chemotherapy treatments, they were there. I could feel their spirits when I was low and their smiles and hugs when I was feeling well enough to attend class. Little did I know how much they cared about me; it was overwhelming. There are just not enough words to express my thanks for their continuous support.

I will now speed ahead to January 2013, my last chemotherapy treatment. I made it!! The chemotherapy drugs had the side effects that we all fear, the hair fell out, certain foods and even just water didn’t taste right, fatigue, aches and pains you didn’t expect, and weight loss, but I was alive! Numerous tests were completed and the final results now showed that all of those nasty drugs had done the trick. I was in remission! I had survived! I was a Survivor. All of those nasty side effects didn’t matter now. It was time to rejoice and celebrate.

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Lisa enjoying a trip to Hawaii

I knew even back in January of 2013, that I needed to take on a new role in my life. It was time for me to be a part of another team. There are many others that will need to fight or are currently fighting the battle that I so fortunately was able to win. How could I help them? That is where the non-profit organization called Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) came to light. Not only does this organization provide knowledge and support to those fighting blood cancers, they also can provide me and others the opportunity to give back. I have been known to repeatedly say, “I would not be here today without the continuous research which has been devoted to finding ways to fight cancer and hopefully one day find ways to end cancer forever”. Participating in fundraisers like the Light the Night Walk is one way to contribute to that research. I wondered if the team at Farrell’s that I had grown to love like family would be interested in supporting my cause in October 2013. It was no surprise, they did not disappoint! Again, they were there for me and for others that were fighting blood cancers. We were successful in collecting close to $2,500 towards the fundraiser. The walk was very emotional for me and for many others that joined me that night. I felt so fortunate to have survived.

On October 18th we participated in the 2014 Light the Night Walk again and are excited to announce that we raised $3,600 and had 21 members participate in the walk. It’s been truly amazing to see all the support and love from the EP True Farrell’s family!

Today I am still in remission, feeling very strong, healthy and still rising early almost every morning (ok, I do like to sleep in some mornings!) for a Farrell’s class and to see the many smiles of those that supported me along the way.

Lisa is a FIT member at our EP True West Des Moines Farrell’s Location.

Disclaimer: The above testimonial was contributed by an actual member. We cannot guarantee everyone will achieve similar results. We do believe that everyone can achieve measurable results, but the specific results will vary from person to person.



About Farrell's eXtreme Bodyshaping

Farrell’s eXtreme Bodyshaping is a results based fitness program for participants of any age. In 45 minutes a day, six days a week, Farrell’s can help you make real changes in your fitness and overall health.

Posted on 10/23/2014, in Franchise News & Events, Transformations and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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