- Thanks to the SurvivorNet Community, We’re on “Good Morning America”!
- ‘GMA’ goes pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month
- Amy Robach Discusses Her Cancer Experience
- How Having Breast Cancer Changed the Way Amy Robach Thinks About Wellness
- ABC News Star Amy Robach On How Cancer Saved Her Marriage & Taught Her To Really Live — A Must Watch For All Survivors
- Fitness guru Billy Blanks shares a head-to-toe workout on ‘GMA’
Thanks to the SurvivorNet Community, We’re on “Good Morning America”!
SurvivorNet is on ABC’s “Good Morning America”—and we have our incredible SurvivorNet family to thank for that. Nearly two million of you visited our site last month, and it’s been only a year since we officially launched.
On Tuesday morning, August 20th, SurvivorNet’s CEO Steve Alperin and medical advisor Dr. Elizabeth Comen sat down with journalist and “Good Morning America” host Amy Robach—who is a breast cancer survivor herself—to discuss how important it is to access quality information after a cancer diagnosis, and how SurvivorNet is on a mission to help people do exactly that.
SurvivorNet Helps Millions of People Make Better Choices About Their Cancer Treatment
“When I first meet patients, I try to do a breast cancer ‘101’ with them to try to teach them about their diagnosis,” Dr. Comen, a medical oncologist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center who sees over 400 women with breast cancer each year, says. After they’ve received a cancer diagnosis, Dr. Comen doesn’t always have enough time in that first visit to explain the nuances of, say, their tumor biology or the specific characteristics of their cancer. And while she emphasizes that nothing could ever replace the doctor-patient relationship, there are times when the right information can enhance it. “Sometimes, patients need more time to understand these facts, so if they can watch a video at home that’s a few minutes long that will teach them, ‘What’s the estrogen receptor? What does that mean for my breast cancer?’—That helps them to feel more informed for when we do meet again.”
Quality Information Can Be Lifesaving—How SurvivorNet Can Help
Information is power. This is especially true when it comes to cancer. But not all information is created equally, and often, when patients type the name of their cancer into Google, they encounter an endless abyss of search results that range from confusing to misleading to completely unsubstantiated. Websites will tout “miracle cancer cures” that have no scientific backing or sing the praises of an alternative therapy that no doctor would ever recommend.
“Misinformation can absolutely kill you,” Dr. Comen says.
Misleading cancer information makes up a big part of the “rabbit hole” of online cancer information. SurvivorNet is helping people navigate that problem.
We work with the leading experts in the field to bring you quality, expert-backed information all in one place—to answer these questions and explain all of the options to help you make the best decisions about your treatment. We also provide information on the latest research that could actually play into your care. We specifically weed out the confusing headline du jour with a surprising claim from “a new study” that, when you actually examine it, turns out to be based on research still being done in mice or in small numbers of people.
Finally, we know that receiving a cancer diagnosis can feel earth-shattering—it’s scary, confusing, and sometimes lonely. But it’s so important to realize that you’re not alone—far from it. By 2030, a recent report predicted that there will be 22.1 million cancer survivors living in the U.S., and those numbers are growing. (Being a cancer “survivor” doesn’t just mean you’re “cancer-free,” either; survivorship begins the day you receive your diagnosis).
SurvivorNet brings you these inspiring survivors’ stories. From people who learned to cope with their cancer through everything from air guitar to Zumba and others who said that cancer saved their marriage—or made them realize which friends were truly there for them—these survivors have shared their hopes, fears, perspectives, and experiences with us—and with you.
If you’re already a part of the SurvivorNet family, thank you. If you’re here for the first time, we hope the information you find here creates power—and comfort.
Learn more about SurvivorNet’s rigorous medical review process.
‘GMA’ goes pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Now we’re going pink for breast cancer awareness month. More people are diagnosed with breast cancer in the united States than any other type of cancer. More women are diagnosed with it than any other place in the world. Breast cancer surgeon Dr. Kristi funk, the author of “Breasts: The owner’s manual” and co-owner of pink lotus is back with the latest findings offering hope for the 250,000 diagnosed this please welcome back Dr. Kristi funk. Always enjoy you. Always appreciate it. Thank you so much. There’s some real breakthroughs. Three in particular beginning with new medications. The Dru is this CD 4k inhibitor. They slow or even stop it. Two trials just reported out. All in advance stage cancer, hormone driven, her-2 negative. Half got the cdk incontinue Hore andplacebo. Three years down, 29% drop in death from breast cancer in the inhibitor group versus Mr. Seen bow. In this stage 4 group they haven’t seen more than a 5% benefit in 25 years That’s incredible. 29, take that, cancer. Absolutely. That is significant. Metastatic is no joke. All right. We often hear about our diet. How that can be helpful. What is new about that? Okay, so to eat or not to eat? That is the question. If you’ve had breast cancer and you fast 13 or more hours a day, you’ll have a 36% drop in recurrence relative to someone who eats more — fasts less than that so the key seems to be lower insulin levels. A new study recently showed in a bunch of mice all obese all injected with breast cancer cells and all eating the exact same diet this group could only eat eight hours a day, this one partied 24/7. What they found is that the injected cells became tumors way less in the time restricted feeding group. So it’s literally science like in that backs the physicians committee for responsible medicine launching today the let’s be breastcancer.org this encouraging women to take a pledge to follow a four-pronged approach to beating breast cancer. You can drop it up to 80% by choosing a month-based diet, exercising regularly, and limiting alcohol, and watching your weight. Okay. I have to say, I love how you put the key to that. Because you think like 13 hours but if you get eight hours of sleep so if you make sure your last meal isn’t too late. Stop eating at 7:00, breakfast is at 8:00 A.M. Now, what about implants? So, this textured implants have been recalled off the market so texture as opposed to smooth is leading to thankfully a very rare and low grade lymphoma so it’s very curable but it definitely is caused by these implants. They’re thought that harbor bacteria and create inflammation between the implant and the capsule that forms around it forming a fluid with abnormal cells that are lymphoma. Luckily it’s very obvious. As soon as you realize it if caught early the complete cure is remove both. No chemo, no radiation, no death. If you have these seek a doctor if you notice a change. Your bottom line. Where are we? With these breaks and where are I think we’re going to a place where we realize that only 5% to 10% of all breast cancer is genetic and have so much more control over this disease than provigil thought through diet and lifestyle interventions and for those affected with the disease we’re really getting good at more biological targeted industry and you can visit online video or in person in California to talk about what you can do to control this disease. Yes. I love hearing that. Thank you. Dr. Funk’s book, “Breasts: The owner’s manual” is available in paperback today and everybody in our audience going to go home with a paperback version of her book. Dr. Funk will also answer your
Amy Robach Discusses Her Cancer Experience
AMY ROBACH WAKES UP every morning with gratitude. “Thank you for letting me wake up, even if it’s at 4 a.m.,” she joked in an interview with CURE®. That’s when the “Good Morning America” and “20/20” news anchor generally begins her day.
Robach, 45, is a survivor of stage 2 invasive breast cancer. Despite her physician’s disapproval, she made the radical decision to get a double mastectomy. During that procedure, a second malignant tumor was found in her left breast. Today, she remains on tamoxifen, a drug that helps prevent the recurrence of hormone-driven breast cancers.
Like many who come face-to-face with cancer, Robach describes herself as a changed and better person. During the interview, she discussed the physical, mental and emotional challenges that come with diagnosis and survivorship.
CURE®: Can you share what ran through your head after you heard the words “You have breast cancer?”
Robach: When (the radiologist told) me that I had a malignant tumor, that I had breast cancer, everything stopped. It was all in slow motion after that. … I did not handle it gracefully or stoically at all — I completely fell apart. I think there was a gasp. I made crazy noises — bawling, snorting. I was alone. I knew they found a mass, but I was sure it was benign. So, when she said (those words), it was just so contrary to everything that I was thinking in that moment. It shook me to my core.
What was it like to fight the disease in a very public way?
I found my breast cancer because of “Good Morning America.” My colleague Robin Roberts, who is a breast cancer thriver, persuaded me to have a mammogram in front of about five million people in the middle of Times Square on live television, just to get the word out that women should go and get their mammograms — we believe starting at age 40.
And it turned out to be much more significant for me, because that led to my breast cancer diagnosis. … I knew by sharing my story that I would save lives. I have heard from dozens and dozens of women that my story did just that, and so I encourage every woman to share her story, because it saves people’s lives and it changes the way they live their lives. … I know (sharing your story) is deeply personal, but the love you get back … Yes, it was scary to be public, but I don’t know how I would have gotten through it if I didn’t have the support from thousands of women who were writing, emailing, texting and tweeting me. It felt beautiful.
You continued to work during chemotherapy treatments. What kept you motivated?
I covered the winter Olympics in between rounds three and four. I thought I was going to take some time off at the end, but then I got this big promotion to be the “Good Morning America” news anchor in between rounds five and six — just when I was going to take my foot off the gas because I was feeling it pretty significantly. And then I thought, “Oh my God, I just got my dream job — I can’t call in sick.” So Robin Roberts helped me choose a way to get chemotherapy on Thursdays. Friday you’re hopped up on all the steroids and drugs they put in you. Saturday and Sunday are rough, rough, rough. And Monday you’re just OK enough to crawl into work. That’s what I did. And just when you’re starting to feel good again — bam! You get hit again.
The mental impact of chemotherapy is significant. You lose your memory, and you don’t really remember what you’re doing — probably not a good combination for someone on live television. But I wanted to (work) because I kept hearing back from all those women who were watching.
I kind of felt like — whether it was imagined or not — people were counting on me to show up, so I showed up. … I was on air for two hours, then I went straight home and collapsed. It was important to me to be something other than a cancer patient, and going to work gave me something to wake up for that wasn’t cancer-related.
Cancer can bring not only physical side effects but also psychosocial and emotional effects. Did you experience this?
There are a lot of physical side effects when you have a double mastectomy. You never really regain feeling in your chest, which is a strange thing. In the shower, I used to get the most upset because that’s when I couldn’t pretend. It’s a strange sensation to have the water hit you and you can’t feel it. I remember crying a lot, feeling sorry for myself — like, “These aren’t my body parts.”
For those of us on drug therapy, you get to experience what menopause is like at 40 — 40 is the new 60! … Hot flashes, mood swings, battling weight gain — it feels very overwhelming. I felt like I turned 40 and lost 20 years. I had to mourn the loss of who I was before and accept who I am now physically.
But mentally — those are the scars that are the hardest to heal and move on from. I was told and warned that when your treatments are over, you’re not going to be celebrating. You might for one day, but then the fear hits you. I’d see grandparents playing with their grandchildren and have dark thoughts: “Will I know mine? Will I play with mine? Will I be that old?” You hear women complain about their wrinkles and you think, “I hope I know what that feels like. How dare she complain about being in her 50s or 60s.”
To control the fear, I think: ‘Live now. All you have is right now. All anyone has is right now.’ … When I feel that fear and pain, and the lump in my throat starts to swell up, I think, “I am well right now. I have everything I need, and I’m going to enjoy the heck out of it.” I’m planning to climb Mount Kilimanjaro for my five-year cancerversary. I think, “What else can I do? What else can I see?”
You have two daughters and three stepsons. What does a cancer diagnosis do to you emotionally, as a mother? Have you or will you discuss cancer prevention/screening with your children?
Once I got diagnosed with cancer, the first and only thought really went straight to my daughters: “How will I tell them?” I reassured them that I wasn’t going anywhere soon — that I had the best doctors in the world. I was gonna fight like hell, and they were going to be right there with me. Things might get rough, and Mom might look a little scary.
They saw me go through this journey with eyes wide open. I tried to hide any despair or fear. I cried a lot of times in the car and shower. I found this strange strength to not fall apart around them.
My two daughters will 100 percent be screened in their 20s. I’m not BRCA1 or BRCA2, but obviously we don’t know all the connections. They will be taking their health seriously. … (However,) it’s important to note that more than 80 percent of patients with breast cancer have zero family history. I thought I couldn’t possibly have breast cancer because it wasn’t in my family. That was a huge wake-up call for me.
What advice do you have patients and survivors?
There is life during cancer treatments, and there is life after cancer treatments. … I know that I could be among the 30 percent of early-stage breast cancer patients who develop metastatic cancer. That is on my mind every day, but I use it for good. I use it to remind myself that time is limited. I live like I’m dying. I know it sounds like a country music song, but it is how I live. That’s how I have inspired my children to live. Everyone around me lives better. We do what we want to do now — we don’t say 10 years from now. I don’t assume I have 10 years, five years or one year. And that makes life so much better.
What’s the first thing you do when you get home from work?
Get into sweatpants! That’s my favorite thing to wear. And I love to cook. I cook every night, especially now that I am ketogenic. I want to make sure that my food is what I want it to be. My little one, who is 12, likes to be my sous-chef. If I make the food, they all have to clean it up. … We try to (have family dinners) every night. It’s tough with teenagers, but it’s an important part of our family ritual.
How Having Breast Cancer Changed the Way Amy Robach Thinks About Wellness
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Although her entire career could be seen as a series of marathons-she has flown from South Africa to Sochi to report breaking news and has interviewed everyone from Barack Obama to Taylor Swift- Amy Robach had never entertained actually running major miles until last spring. “I agreed to run the Shape Women’s Half-Marathon as a relay with a friend, but when I hit the seven-mile mark, I didn’t feel like stopping,” she says. (BTW, half marathons are the best distance ever.)
This aha moment triggered a commitment to her health that caused her to rethink her diet and exercise routine and become an advocate for change. Back in 2013, Amy was famously diagnosed with breast cancer after an on-air mammogram. (Good news: mammograms are about to get less painful.) “I’d been giving speeches around the country about taking health seriously and being aware that cancer doesn’t discriminate,” she says. “But I wasn’t taking care of what was happening inside me. When I crossed that finish line, I understood what was possible.” Now she spends an hour six days a week either running, boxing, or weight training. Amy reports increased energy from her new regimen, which she welcomes, given that she regularly wakes up at 4 a.m. Here’s a look at what else fuels her drive.
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“My running sneakers are my favorite vehicle. I love running because you can take it anywhere.”
“In my free time, you’ll find me gardening. We grow amazing zucchini, tomatoes, squashes, broccoli, and cucumbers. I believe that everything you put in your body should fuel your heart and brain.” (Try these berry recipes that are good for your heart.)
“Despite a good diet, health, mammograms, and exercise, all early-stage breast cancer patients have a 30 percent chance of developing metastatic breast cancer. That’s why I’m an ambassador for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, founded by Evelyn Lauder. They’re the leading private research center, and they’re working with doctors all over the world to find a cure. They want to make breast cancer a chronic disease instead of a terminal one.”
- By By Didi Gluck
— “Good Morning America” news anchor Amy Robach underwent her first-ever mammogram in October 2013, live on “GMA” for breast cancer awareness month. Weeks later, in November 2013, Robach announced on “GMA” that she had breast cancer. Robach underwent a double mastectomy and eight rounds of chemotherapy, all while raising a family and reporting on “GMA.”
As a side effect of the chemotherapy, Robach went into menopause, a change that signifies the end of all monthly menstrual cycles. It happens when sex hormones like estrogen and progesterone begin to decrease.
Robach, 44, shares in her own words how she is learning to deal with the “constant and powerful” symptoms of menopause.
I remember the day I turned 40 with some embarrassment and a little bit of shame.
I did not feel celebratory at all. In fact, I found myself crying in a Union Square deli eating lunch alone, feeling sorry for myself.
So stereotypical I know: Woman feels her youth and worth are over. But then, just a few months later, perspective hit me right in the gut when doctors diagnosed me with stage 2 invasive breast cancer.
After multiple surgeries and eight rounds of chemotherapy, all I cared about was staying alive. I quickly realized how lucky I was to be 40 and how much I wanted to be 41, 51, 61, even 91.
The only information I was processing was what I needed to do to rid my body of cancer and reduce my risk of recurrence.
Menopause never crossed my mind, but I know now that it is a very common side effect of chemotherapy. It wasn’t just a side effect to my doctors though, it was a bonus because estrogen fuels my type of cancer. Sure enough, halfway through my treatments, I stopped menstruating and my doctors placed me on medication to keep me in a state of menopause for at least the next decade.
After going through cancer treatments, I thought menopause would be a breeze, but I wasn’t prepared for how constant and powerful the symptoms would be.
The worst one was the first one, the heat, my God the heat! And I’m still suffering four years later. My hot flashes come on fast and strong and I find myself filled with anxiety in the most inconvenient places wanting to rip off my clothes: on planes, in restaurants, in the grocery store and sometimes just walking down the street.
Dressing in layers has helped, but I’m sure it looks bizarre to see me stripped down to a tank top in January in New York City. And then there are the night sweats. Blankets and down comforters are off limits now. I can’t have my husband cuddle with me for more than two minutes before I have to push him away for fear we will both go up in flames.
I joke that while some Hollywood stars take hormones to make them look and feel younger, I take rapidly aging pills, stripping my body of estrogen and making me feel at times two decades older than I actually am. But I’m here.
I’m alive and I’m grateful for that simple fact. I tell myself with every hot flash I have, every new wrinkle I see (yes my skin is incredibly dry in menopause) and with every mood swing I ride, I’m fighting, fighting to see another day.
Yes, I am nothing short of lucky to be experiencing what nearly every woman in the world will feel if she has the incredible opportunity to grow older. It is a gift to age and knowledge is power.
Let’s make menopause something we discuss with each other, with our daughters. Let’s prepare them for the natural transition that menopause is and give them and each other the proper tools to understand it.
Menopause is not something to fear. It’s something to expect and even at times embrace, because, well … it beats the alternative.
Read more about Robach’s breast cancer journey here and her book, ““Better: How I Let Go of Control, Held On to Hope, and Found Joy in My Darkest Hour.”
Creed star Michael B. Jordan is a man of many talents—and obviously a man of exceptional drive, as he revealed in an interview with Amy Robach of Good Morning America on Monday.
“There’s a reason you’re on the cover of Men’s Fitness,” said Robach, over some behind-the-scenes video from Jordan’s Men’s Fitness cover shoot. “What did it take to get to that point?”
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“Extreme diet change,” Jordan said. “I stripped down my diet completely. Grilled chicken, brown rice, broccoli, a lot of water. I worked out two to three times a day, six days a week. And if you do that consistently for about 10 months, your body will change.”
“We’ll look just like you?” Robach asked.
“Something like me,” Jordan said, either being humble (what a guy!) and/or completely honest that, yeah, he is really freaking jacked.
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He also talked about working with Sylvester Stallone, who was much a behind-the-scenes mentor to Jordan as Balboa is to Jordan’s character, Adonis Johnson.
“ took the pressure off me, not to compete or compare with anything he did 40 years ago,” Jordan said. “Physically, I felt the pressure, because they did such a good job back in the day—Carl Weathers and Sly were really cut to a ‘T.’ So me and my trainer, we really wanted to set the bar pretty high.”
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And while Jordan worked primarily with trainer Corey Calliet to develop his physical build, he turned to Stallone for his education in on-screen pugilism.
“Stallone knows movie boxing better than anyone else,” Jordan said. “ needed to sell a punch, or really ‘telegraph this’ or ‘telegraph that,’ he connected the dots for me.”
Even his acting was extreme: He waited until filming the movie before running up the famous “Rocky Steps” of the Philadelphia Art Museum. He wanted it to be his “character’s first time.”
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ABC News Star Amy Robach On How Cancer Saved Her Marriage & Taught Her To Really Live — A Must Watch For All Survivors
When ABC News journalist Amy Robach agreed to get a live mammogram in front of millions of people on “Good Morning America” as part of a breast cancer awareness campaign in 2013, she never dreamed that the results would actually come back positive. In fact, she tells SurvivorNet she was so shocked when she was diagnosed that she took the news poorly and was even angry at her husband, actor-turned-entrepreneur Andrew Shue, for not reacting the way she wanted him to.
Journalist Amy Robach says she never dreamed when she agreed to get a mammogram on live TV, that the results would come back positive. Still, her experience with breast cancer taught her a lot.
“I don’t know how other people handle that news, but I didn’t handle it well,” Amy, now 46, says. “I became an absolute wreck, a total mess. I had my husband on speaker phone at the time of diagnosis because he was 3,000 miles away … I remember the radiologist, because my husband said nothing, we were all shocked beyond belief, said into the phone, ‘Mr. Shue, your wife’s not taking the news very well.’ …trying to get him to say something.”
“I had an idea of what he should be doing, what he should be saying, what he should be feeling, and if he didn’t do any of those things the way I wanted him to, or what I thought I needed, I was extra upset and extra angry.”
Amy says her cancer actually really helped her relationship with her husband, actor Andrew Shue. She says the two learned to a communicate in a way they never had before.
Amy says it took some time for her to realize that her husband, 52, who became a national name in the 1990s when he co-starred as Billy Campbell on “Melrose Place,” was dealing with the same emotional roller coaster that she was. “We were already struggling when I got the cancer diagnosis,” she says. “So this kind of threw everything into a further tailspin, until it didn’t … until we realized that we were only stronger together and that we had to give each other a break.”
After they learned to deal with the uncertainty that the diagnosis brought, Amy says she and her husband actually got a lot better at communicating with one another.
Amy was diagnosed with stage 2 invasive breast cancer that had spread to her sentinel lymph nodes. Treatment for this type of cancer varies from woman to woman. Amy’s doctors initially recommended that she get a lumpectomy to remove the cancer, but after weighing her options — she decided to get a double mastectomy. When discussing breast cancer surgeries with SurvivorNet in general, Dr. Elizabeth Comen, an oncologist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, said that sometimes women with early stage breast cancer opt to have a double mastectomy because they want to reduce the chance that any cancer will be left over after the operation. It’s a really hard choice, and a really personal one.
Amy posted this photo with her two daughters earlier this year. When Amy was diagnosed, her daughters were just 7 and 10 years old. She says they gave her the strength to take on cancer with bravery.
In addition to the emotional decision to have her breasts removed, Amy also shared with SurvivorNet that she and her husband were trying to have a child at the time she was diagnosed — and cancer put a stop to those plans. She had to go on Tamoxifen — which left her with side-effects of menopause. Amy already has two daughters from her first marriage, and three step-sons from her marriage with Andrew, but the two were hoping to have a child together.
But with all the bad that came with her cancer diagnosis, Amy is now focusing on the good in her life. “My husband coined a phrase that I remind myself of everyday: ‘Don’t die before you die.’ I have used that, instead of feeling like I’m a victim, like this happened to me, I really feel like, what can I do to make my body stronger? So for me, I’ve been weight lifting and running. I’ve taken some control back. I might not have the breasts I once had, but I’ve got guns I never had before.”
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“I used to say I’d never write a memoir and look what happened,” jokes Amy Robach, co-anchor for 20/20. Her memoir, Better, is based on a journal she kept during her breast cancer diagnosis and treatment in 2013—during which she continued to work on-air, and was even promoted. She shared with us three things she learned on the journey, in her own words.
- ‘Chemo brain’ is real, and it’s more powerful than baby brain. It was scary, especially because what I do for a living requires quick thinking. If you are tired it’s hard to do this job—let alone having toxins circulating through your blood and affecting your ability to think or remember. I would say it took me a full year—it wasn’t until last Christmas that I felt I had my energy back, my cognitive skills back and my physical strength back. And now I’m great!
- The physical changes to my body have gotten easier to cope with.
At first it was tough for me. I had the best surgeons and the best doctors, and still I have a different body than I had before. But I think of all the women who don’t have access to good healthcare. I think about that before I ever dare complain about where I am now. I’m blessed to have had the best of outcomes. At first, I was very upset when I looked in the mirror. Every time the shower hits me, I’m numb. That’s when I’m most aware that I’m not who I was physically two years ago. But I try to look at it as battle scars—I’m here to feel the numbness. I caught it. So far, so good. The scars are something to be proud of.
- When you are in treatment for cancer, you are desperate to be anything other than a cancer patient. Before my diagnosis, I had made the decision to go to Sochi to cover the 2014 Olympics. Then I had to get permission from my doctor to go. She said, “I can see it’s so important to you. I know it’s a risk, but we’re going to make sure you have everything you need.” ABC News set up an evacuation plan, a helicopter at the ready. I had to monitor my temperature every day.People might say, “Why would you do that? Take a break, relax.” You know what, no. I didn’t want to sit back and have needles and doctor’s appointments. I wanted a life outside of cancer. This was the way I was going to do it. It affected my recovery for sure. “Take that cancer, I’m still going to Russia. I’m still going to work. Take that.” It was part of the spirit I wanted to have.
celebrity fitness guru Billy blanks. He created the famous tae Bo program and pumping up the jam with boom boxing. Welcome to Billy blanks. Good to see you, man. Thank you, thank you. Now you’re currently on this Billy’s celebrity sweat and fitness tour. We’ve been on the air for six years. Our goal get people inspired and get them off the couch and along with that we do breast and ovarian cancer — we give back to them. So awesome to be doing what I’m Free classes. Get people off the couch. Get them healthy. We’re going to start right now and get it going and do some boom boxing. I love this. Got the gloves on, the boom box back there. Have you these moves, these moves pay respect to some boxing greats and we’re going to start off with George foreman. Yeah. Peekaboo defense. Peekaboo defense? Show us what it is. It’s going to be like this. Open your legs up, place your hands up here and you’re going to actually do this. Go across the body. You’re going to start moving your legs, go like this, one, two, three and four, okay, five, six, seven and eight. Okay. Y’all ready? We’ll try it again, ready. Hands up, going to your left, five, six, seven, go, one, count, it, go, three, go, go, go, go. One more time, go, go, go. Go, go, go. Good. All right, I like that, Billy. All right. Deltoid, stomach, biceps. And I might need a new suit jacket when I rip this one out in the back. Next move, Mike Tyson. Everybody know Mike Tyson. Work your waistline. So put your hands to your chin andny of punches coming at your face and you go to your left and back to the right. When you bend bend in the middle of your body so it’ll be like this, one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight. Now a little faster. Five, six, seven. Go, one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight. That, right there. Okay. Oh, I could feel it. I can feel it, trust me. The next one, butterfly. Muhammad Ali. Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. Full work of your bicep so put your left leg out, twice to the left, one, two them to the right. Three four then five, six, seven, and eight, go, one and two, three and four, five and six, one more time, guys. One, two, three and four, five and six, seven and eight. Now — Billy. Good for your quads and everything, man. I’m so proud to see you doing this, giving back and inspiring so many to get off the couch and be better and doing it in a fun way. In a fun way. Thank you for boom boxing with us this morning. Everybody, make sure you check
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I created these 5 exercises to define your waistline for Good Morning America. I love these exercises because they are core exercises that my private weight loss clients can do anywhere. As a private weight loss coach for women, helping my clients get a strong and tight core is one of my top priorities. Check out my article for Good Morning America for the full workout routine!
As a private weight loss coach and a private fitness coach for women, I specialize in helping successful women lose weight.
If you’re looking for a wellness coach in Chicago and beyond, you’ve come to the right place! As a Yoga Instructor in Chicago I work with successful women across the country as a Private Weight Loss Coach for Women.
Here are a few more things that I do as a weight loss consultant in Chicago: Health & Fitness Training in Chicago, Corporate Wellness Training in Chicago. I do Nutrition Coaching in Chicago, and Nutrition Training in Chicago. If you’re looking for a Health Expert in Chicago or Health Coaching in Chicago you’ve come to the right place! In addition I am a Nutrition Coach in Chicago, and a Women’s Weight Loss Coach in Chicago and beyond!
Even though I am based in Chicago, I work with women across the country! For more inspiration, join our FREE 21 Day Challenge at stepitupchallenge.com
Why You Are Here… And How I Can Help.
Do you often struggle with your weight and nutrition?
Are you a breast cancer survivor or someone with a family history of cancer?
Do you have a teen daughter who needs nutritional guidance for long term health?
Or maybe you are trying to just prevent cancer or it’s recurrence?
If any of those describe you, then you are in the right place.
My name is Rachel Beller, and I’m here to help you.
I’ve had the honor and privilege to be the on-air nutritionist for The Biggest Loser, and often appear on Good Morning America, Dr. Oz, Rachael Ray, and several other national TV shows.
I have worked or consulted with nationally-known cancer institutions like Cedars Sinai Medical Center, John Wayne Cancer Institute, the Women’s Intervention Nutrition Study, the American Cancer Society and Susan G. Komen.
My goal is to help women like you learn about the link between diet and cancer, to eat well, lose weight and live a healthy and happy life. If that’s your goal, too, then you ARE in the right place.