Michelle Ritter admits there are days where the fear of her cancer coming back causes her great anxiety.
“Especially when I have an upcoming doctor’s appointment. I usually have trouble sleeping…But I try to tell myself that I have already beaten the odds twice,” said 49 year-old Ritter, who was first diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer in 2013, the same year CrossFit helped her get into the best shape of her life.
After eight rounds of chemotherapy, a double mastectomy, a full hysterectomy (a precaution because her mother died of ovarian cancer), and multiple reconstruction surgeries in the following months, Ritter was cancer free. And through all of her treatments and surgeries, she continued to train at CrossFit GSL in Salt Lake City, UT.
“When I was diagnosed,I was in the best shape I had been in since I had my children, and maybe even better than before, and I didn’t want to lose that. So my goal when I started chemo was just to keep moving as long as I could,” she explained of her mindset at the time.
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