Alison Hoffman, Leopold
In June 2016, my brother – my best friend – died by suicide. My world was turned on its head. I was beyond devastated – I gave up on life.
I stopped caring about myself and my health declined. I gained a lot of weight. I was deeply depressed.
1 year later, I was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer. Facing death, I decided right then and there that it was time to LIVE again. I decided to fight.
I had chemotherapy, a bilateral mastectomy, reconstruction, radiotherapy, a total hysterectomy and removal of my ovaries, and will take hormone therapy for at least 10 years.
I’m the midst of all of this, I joined Anytime Fitness Leopold. I hadn’t set foot in a gym for years. I was nervous, but I didn’t need to be – the staff made me feel immediately supported and comfortable.
I managed to lose some weight on my own, and then I decided to try ‘a few sessions’ with a PT. That’s when I met Cathy! She is so inspiring, kind, motivating, genuine and fun. I decided to shift my focus to being strong! I still train with Cathy twice per week.
My Anytime Fitness journey has changed my life. I have confidence again. I have learned to trust and love my body again. I found new passion in hiking and reignited my love for travel. I miss my brother, but I live a life that honours him. I raised over $500 in the Tread Together Challenge this year to support Suicide Prevention.
The transformation is happening not only on the outside, but inside too. The value of that simply cannot be put into words.