New York, United States

Me 2.0: Down but not out

In 2014, the worst thing that could happen, did. My son was diagnosed with Acute Leukemia. It was sudden, unexpected and traumatic. He spent a great deal of time hospitalized and his treatment was very stressful for the family. Myself and my other son, his twin brother felt so powerless.

In 2016, I was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer. No genetic reason could explain why lightening struck twice.

I had a double mastectomy, chemotherapy and radiation. For almost a year I did everything I could to fight this deadly disease. As a result of my treatment/the medication has caused to gain over 50 pounds. This puts me in a very dangerous position because my Oncologist says I must control my weight as studies have found a connection between cancer recurrence and being overweight.

I have tried all I can to lose the additional weight: smaller food portions, walking -- you name it. I just cannot seem to do it. It has been challenging as I am also a Nurse/Healthcare worker. This means I have to be very mindful of limiting my exposure to contagious diseases (i.e. COVID) for my patients and myself, as I am considered high risk and immunocompromised due to my cancer history.

In addition to work, I serve as a volunteer and ambassador to various cancer nonprofits. I hope that sharing my experiences, primarily through Instagram (@trish_newyorkcity) and providing community, I can assist those that need of connection.

I would love to join the Peleton family and have it be a key component in my weight loss journey and greatest comeback. I am so grateful for this second chance and I have a lot of living left to do. I may be down, but I'm not out.


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