By Cathy Cox
Part 1: Doing all the right things, yet …
The most important victories aren’t always about losing a few pounds.
Just ask Karen J., a longtime eDiets member and breast cancer survivor. Diagnosed with cancer in 2007, she fought back against physical and emotional exhaustion, frustration and anger. Her story is an inspiration to anyone who faces hurdles to healthy living.
Karen joined eDiets back in May 2002. Like most, her initial goals were to lose a few pounds and enjoy a healthier lifestyle. She followed the Glycemic Impact Diet and dropped 20 pounds by eating right and exercising regularly.
Karen fell in love with her active lifestyle. She worked out five days a week, mixing cardiovascular and strength training. An avid cyclist, she was pedaling more than 75 miles a week and becoming the most fit she’d ever been.
Then, in July 2007, she noticed a lump in her breast during her monthly self-exam. She told herself it was nothing – and then thought better of it and went in for a battery of tests.
A week to the day after she noticed the lump she got her diagnosis. It was breast cancer.
Next to skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common form of cancer among women in the United States. Over 182,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS). About 2.5 million American women have the disease. Perhaps 42,000 will die.
But Karen was ready to fight back.