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EaturmeatEaturmeat Posts: 107Member Member Posts: 107Member Member
I had advanced colorectal cancer three years ago. I had 6 weeks of radiation 5 days a week. Multiple surgeries, 8 months of chemo, and left with lots of scar tissue all throughout my digestive system. I still suffer from digestive pain and I am prone to obstructions that send me to the hospital to get my stomach pumped. A hospital stay can be one to two weeks and without being able to eat food I end up losing up to 20 pounds by the time I get out. Mostly muscle. When I get my abdominal surgeries I am put on a three month restriction of no lifting over 5 pounds. I have always been a weight lifter and Cancer cannot stop me. I fight through every setback and keep moving forward. I have been lifting again since May. I started from a skinny, post chemo body and have been going ever since. I have days of Chronic pain and digestive issues but I will just work harder on the next day I am able to. osl3104ticbv.jpeg
edited January 2018


  • Lpaul50Lpaul50 Posts: 12Member Member Posts: 12Member Member
    That is awesome.U R a fighter.My sister is dealing with cancer as well. Keep fighting U look awesome!!!
  • EaturmeatEaturmeat Posts: 107Member Member Posts: 107Member Member
  • QueenBee2018QueenBee2018 Posts: 191Member Member Posts: 191Member Member
    Thanks for sharing very inspiring
  • aganeyaganey Posts: 503Member Member Posts: 503Member Member
    My dad has had cancer twice (colon and bladder). He has beat both. I know the toll the chemo and surgeries can take on someone. You are a true fighter and should be so very proud of your accomplishments. I believe it’s all about the attitude you have during such a difficult time that pulls you through. Keep on doing your thing. You look great!
  • dsbooheaddsboohead Posts: 1,904Member Member Posts: 1,904Member Member
    Congrats you are a warrior with lots to give others!
  • slimstraussslimstrauss Posts: 209Member Member Posts: 209Member Member
    My mum has had cancer 3 times and numerous surgery, she is a fighter and so are you!!
    Well done you are inspirational.
  • debbiesteinmandebbiesteinman Posts: 55Member, Premium Member Posts: 55Member, Premium Member
    First off THANKS FOR SHARING!! Wow you are too young to go through all that. Cancer truly sucks!! You are proof that keeping a POSITIVE MENTAL ATTITUDE & a Never Give Up Mantra pushes you to attain your goals. I've been weight and strength training for the last three years and recently suffered from a serious boating accident and I could not train at all due to the pain. I missed it so much and recently realized how weak I had become. I just started training now five weeks post injuries and I have a long slow road to recovery. You have given me the motivation to keep plunging forward. I wish you continued good health and beat that cancer!! Thanks again!!
  • jatdh1753jatdh1753 Posts: 43Member Member Posts: 43Member Member
    Wow, thank you for sharing your inspirational story!
  • debtay123debtay123 Posts: 1,152Member Member Posts: 1,152Member Member
    Congratulations on a job well done- you are a true inspiration. My sister in law has fought the battle against cancer 4 times- and is still alive and doing better each day- keep up the good fight of faith
  • supercpa999supercpa999 Posts: 41Member Member Posts: 41Member Member
    That is awesome and truly inspirational. Congratulations and thanks for sharing!
  • FflpnariFflpnari Posts: 730Member Member Posts: 730Member Member
  • fionawilliamsonfionawilliamson Posts: 107Member Member Posts: 107Member Member
    Wow look at you, amazing story.
  • fmps5fmps5 Posts: 45Member Member Posts: 45Member Member
    You sir have made a significant difference in my life. Your strength, determination, and will power to keep fighting are incredible. Now gone are my days of bitching and complaining that I have "Chronic Back Pain"... what I had was a case of chronic complaining and excuses of why I couldn't do the gym. Time for me to man up the way you have, start being a lion instead of a kitty.

    My prayers that the only thing you ever hear again is cancer-free. I hope your health issues resolve so you may live an enjoyable less painful life....

    To all those who get easily offended I apologize, *kitten* CANCER and the horse it rode in on....
    edited January 2018
  • Wheelhouse15Wheelhouse15 Posts: 5,594Member Member Posts: 5,594Member Member
    Solid work! Great job and hope you stay cancer free!
  • AudreyJDukeAudreyJDuke Posts: 995Member Member Posts: 995Member Member
    Look at you go!
  • AnnPT77AnnPT77 Posts: 12,159Member Member Posts: 12,159Member Member
    From one survivor to another: Well played - you rule. (I had stage III breast cancer with surgery/radiation/chemo . . . in 2000-2001).

    May you rapidly improve, and long thrive! (Your determination is a darned good foundation for that. :) )
  • ThehardmakesitworthitThehardmakesitworthit Posts: 826Member Member Posts: 826Member Member
    BAM! Its a beautiful thing life....and man are you making it happen your way!!!! Inspired today by you! Thank you for sharing such a personal glimpse! Cancer-kick-asser-myself-2001!!!
  • ActionAnnieJXNActionAnnieJXN Posts: 116Member Member Posts: 116Member Member
    I’m a cancer survivor too - metastatic bone cancer - and most of my spine is metal now, but I’m working out every day (in a safe, doctor approved manner) and trying hard to build my strength and get my health back as much as possible, despite the pain. Thank you for sharing your story, it helped me a lot. Rock on.
  • trimi1104trimi1104 Posts: 497Member Member Posts: 497Member Member
    Wow, you rock!!
  • cory17cory17 Posts: 457Member Member Posts: 457Member Member
    From one to another - you rock! Applause!!
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