“We get to play with balls today!” I heard as I walked across the front lawn of the YMCA for my first day of Women’s Transformation Bootcamp. It was Anne who had exclaimed this. During our year of boot camp, we learned a lot about each other. There is nothing like nearly dying twice a week to bring a group of people together! I learned Anne is extremely strong as she proudly used her black resistance bands. She loves her teenage son, veteran husband, chocolate, wine, and liquor. Anne has a huge heart; she genuinely cares for everyone in her life and will do anything she can to help or support them. She has a knack for inappropriate comments, which kept us all laughing through the pain.
The greatest trait I learned about Anne through boot camp though is that she never gives up. She did every exercise for the entire set time or reps. She may have needed to modify and go about it a different way, but she found a way to push through. It is a trait that motivated me through boot camp and now inspires everyone she knows. You see, a few months after boot camp ended, Anne began what could be called “the mother of all boot camps.” She was diagnosed with cervical leiomyosacroma (LMS), an extremely rare cancer. (Due to its location, her treatment plan follows the protocol for uterine LMS.)
Anne has been very open about her journey. She wants to bring awareness to women’s cancers and educate others. She has shared the good, the bad, the frustrating, and her hopes. I asked Anne if I could document her journey and help her spread awareness for LMS. Our goal is to keep it honest through pictures and words. We want to show how life is the same but vastly different, how Anne and her family are coping, but mostly how incredibly strong Anne is in spirit and body as she is tested like never before.
To follow Anne’s progress, visit my weekly blog posts. The first blog details the events leading up to her fourth surgery in less than three months, which is where I joined Anne on her journey.
Leiomyosacroma is a cancer of any involuntary muscles.
- Leio= smooth
- Myo= muscle
- Sacroma= malignant tumor of any connective tissue
It is estimated that 6 out of 1,000,000 women in the US are diagnosed with uterine LMS annually.
Uterine LMS is almost always found by chance during surgery to remove fibroids.
Follow Anne’s journey with the most recent blog updates.
Review: In early October, Anne developed pneumonia and intestinal infections resulting in a week-long hospital stay with very limited visitors. After a short break in chemo, she completed cycle 8 of 9 of her chemo treatment. October 24 Anne had scheduled an...read more
Review: Nearly one year ago, Anne began experiencing symptoms of her cancer. After a lifesaving surgery, she was diagnosed with uterine leiomyosarcoma, a rare aggressive cancer. Reoccurrences, more surgeries, metastasis, and two different chemo regimens have led to...read more
Review: Anne has adjusted to her new “normal.” Between chemo and routine checkups, she is managing her symptoms of fatigue and “bathroom challenges” by staying hydrated and eating whenever she can. She continues to receive acupuncture and lymphatic...read more