Sunday Stories is a series that showcases individuals who overcame some of their toughest times by focusing on fitness & wellness. We're honored to share with you Rachel's Story:
I was 24 years old when I was diagnosed with Renal Carcinoma. I was just 6 days away from starting my dream job as an Occupational Therapist and was forced to put my life on hold.
The diagnosis never phased me. I asked for the earliest surgery date and pushed myself during my recovery process so that I can start my career.
It wasn’t until a year later that it all truly hit me emotionally, mentally, and physically. I remember thinking:
“Wow, so every 3 months I have to go for testings?”
“So am I in remission?”
“Am I considered a cancer survivor?”
My body starting failing me. I would have panic attacks, night sweats, and multiple physical side effects that I was not expecting. I had to accept that I never dealt with my diagnosis, and had to walk away from my aspirations.
This is when I finally started my “healing process." Through cycling, I started tapping into my mind and body. Through personal training, I was able to relieve any stress I had. Through art, I was able to escape emotionally. Through multiple holistic healers, I was able to learn about myself and work towards a better me. With the love of my family and friends, I started to feel like I was getting my life back and becoming myself again.
My diagnosis created a new path for me, and that was to open Goal Mine Health Club. I took everything I loved, everything I learned, and created an environment focused on healing and positivity; a serene escape. The diagnosis of cancer has completely changed my life and the fear and anxiety of it possibly coming back is a constant thought which won’t change. I learned how to cope in a positive way and I created a pretty amazing health club (if I may say so myself). My passion to create a lifestyle change for others runs deep because I know how important it was for me.