Success Story: Beth Stockstill
I was diagnosed with bilateral breast cancer in June, 2006. After an 8-hour double mastectomy, three months of dose-dense chemotherapy, six weeks of daily radiation, and complications that resulted in an additional six surgeries and the loss of my right abdominal muscle and all of my right chest muscles, I was a mess. Alive, but a mess. My blood pressure ran 136/88 and I had a resting pulse rate in the high 90s. I had lymphedema in my right arm. Raising my arms was an effort, I was breathless walking to the mail box, and had no stamina. The chemo had affected my balance to the degree that I couldn’t stand on one foot without holding onto something, and I was unsteady and wobbly when walking in dim light. Occasionally, I fell. What to do?
First, I had to get up and start walking – to the mail box, then down the street, and eventually around the neighborhood and on longer trails in the woods. Then, I found Personally Fit. Leslye and Chris developed a plan for me, starting with my body as it was, with the hope of getting me stronger and more fit, and improving my balance.
A year and a half later, I can leg press 180 pounds. I can do “the plank” for a full minute. I can do crunches and rows and lunges and squats for an hour, and the elliptical is my friend. My blood pressure is a healthy 120/74 and my pulse rate is down in the low 70s. But more importantly, with this new strength and stamina, I can work a full day, and still have the energy to walk three miles with my daughter while she shares her latest news. I can hike 10 miles with my son’s Scout troop, cross streams on slippery rocks without falling in, and finish the day fresh enough to help the youngest guys. I can backpack to the top of Priest Mountain in the winter, carrying ALL my own gear, and camp on a field of fresh snow. I can fly 12 hours to New Zealand, pop up the next morning and hike to the top of a mountain- just to drink the fresh spring water that could be found there.
Personally Fit has taken a damaged body and turned it into a beast! And in the process, they have helped me live like I want to live. Thanks Leslye and Chris!