October is National Breast Cancer Month. And in addition to endorsing that you feel yourself up (ie., conduct a self-exam), we’re also celebrating strong women who are living with the disease — and fighting back.
Meet Maria Crosson, a woman who was diagnosed with breast cancer earlier this year. A longtime resident at KAIA Fit, an all-inclusive lifestyle system composed of year-round group fitness and nutrition programs designed for women, Crosson informed her fitness instructors and the community that she didn’t think she’d be able to continue with her workout plan — especially considering the cost of the treatment.
When she told her instructor that she would be taking a break from classes because she could not afford to continue her membership, the instructor said, “You can’t afford not to come here.” KAIA (the workout program, not a person) emphasized to Maria that money is secondary physical, mental and emotional wellbeing, and health should come first.
KAIA taught Maria how to get out of her head and into her heart, while taking each workout at her own pace and recognizing her medical limitations. When Maria would attend group classes, the other members encouraged her by cheering her on as she completed reps and finished the workouts. KAIA is a community of women that know that they do not have to like each other, but they do have to love and respect each other. Maria felt so much respect and support that she attended KAIA FIT sessions for all nine months of her treatment leading all the way up to her mastectomy.
Wondering how Maria’s health is now?
Well, she’s had her mastectomy at the end of September, and is waiting on her results. Whatever those results may conclude, we know KAIA Fit will be there for her every step of the way, waiting for her to rejoin the group fitness floor!
Images via KAIA Fit