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Check out our new blog by @ACSChooseYou contest winner Linda Tallau, as she shares how she is getting back on track!


Check out our new blog by Choose You contest winner Linda Tallau, as she shares how she is getting back on track with Choose You!

Thursday, January 12, 2012 - 11:00am

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By Linda Tallau, Choose You Contest Winner

Prior to the autumn of 2010, I considered myself a very healthy person.  I was always physically active – a runner and a cyclist who had also just gotten into Zumba. From dawn to dusk, I just could go, go, go! But my health took a frightening turn on September 29, 2010.

While undergoing a routine, annual mammogram, my doctor saw two suspicious lumps in my left breast.  I tried to remain optimistic over the next few days as I went through multiple x-rays, ultrasounds and an MRI. But on a sunny Monday afternoon less than a week later, as I stood looking out my kitchen window, my physician called with the terrible news – I had lobular carcinoma in situ, a condition of the milk glands which puts you at higher risk of developing breast cancer.

I typically bring in the New Year with a bang, but I started 2011 with an exhausting regimen of medical activity.  It seemed as though whenever I started feeling better another treatment was just around the corner.  My energy level was at an all-time low, so I couldn’t do the athletics things I used to enjoy. I had no appetite, so I lost a lot of weight.  Then, to complicate matters even further, another condition led to surgery on my right foot. I needed to wear a brace for the rest of the year.

By the end of 2011 I was tired of being in doctors’ offices, tired of feeling crappy and frustrated that I had gained 20 pounds of additional weight.

Despite it all, I am excited about 2012 and being a Choose You contest winner. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to fly to Los Angeles to train with fitness expert, Holly Perkins. Choosing You is important, but it’s definitely a challenge trying to carve time out for yourself, especially when you’re sick. I must say though, what I went through over the previous year has given me a whole new perspective.

I know it’s a cliché, but it’s true – remaining positive and hopeful helps get you through! I’m Choosing Me this year because it would make no sense to be miserable. I have friends that have survived cancer, and are now cancer free.  But I also admire the true warriors, those that are fighting terminal cancers; who inspire me to “keep on keeping on” and to be thankful for the life I have left to enjoy. That’s something each of us can do, cancer or no cancer.

I was 53 when I was diagnosed, and the disease took me right into menopause. I may not be able to do everything I used to, but I can develop a new schedule starting from this point on.

The two-day training with Holly Perkins helped me develop a strategy to get my fitness routine back on track. There are definitely limitations – my right foot is still healing and because of my breast condition I cannot do a lot of lifting and stretching. But, I’m not letting that hold me back from learning a new routine and getting the year off on the right foot (literally).




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