Our Clients, Our Heroes

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

In 2020, an estimated 276,480 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women in the U.S. as well as 48,530 new cases of non-invasive breast cancer.

1 in 8 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime

On average, every 2 minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States.

There are over 3.5 million breast cancer survivors in the United States.

We would like to celebrate our clients who have bravely survived Breast Cancer.

They continue to make HEALTH their #1 priority.

Debbie’s Story

Because I have a family history of cancer I have always paid attention to my health, including regular exercise and mammograms beginning when I was 30. Every year.

When I was 55 , the shoe I was waiting on dropped with a thud when I was diagnosed with Triple Negative Breast Cancer. Early detection is so important! Genetic testing revealed that I carried the BRCA 1 Mutation for breast and ovarian cancer so I opted for a Double Mastectomy with reconstruction and a total Hysterectomy. 

Getting back to normal was tough, but being physically fit was critical to my recovery. I dedicated myself to the physical therapy I used to rebuild my upper body strength and core.  Exercise connects you to your body, relieves stress and keeps you healthy!

Cancer can be just a footnote to your story, it doesn’t have to define you.  Stay strong and keep moving!

Debbie Frare (Smart Fitness client since 2019)

Jean’s Story

My health goals have been similar for many years. They are keeping my husband and I strong enough to climb to the top rows of any college football stadium to experience the “Traditions” at as-many-football-games as possible! Also, to visit National Parks, even hiking steep trails to see a waterfall. 

In 2005, life threw us a curve ball when I received a breast cancer diagnosis.  Recovery was slow and trips were delayed as I underwent treatment and planned for better days ahead.  

To build strength for the future and keep our goals alive, I took the advice of a friend and started working with Andrew at Smart Fitness in 2011.  

In 2015, our first grandchild was born.  These precious angels now total 4, and playtime with Grammy and PawPaw include requests such as “Run and try to catch me, Grammy”,  “Let’s play frisbee”, and that ever popular non-verbal request to Carry Me! 

Our continuing goal is to be fit and active, for ourselves and for these precious angels.  As we age, the importance of this goal is even more apparent.  We continue to do the hard work of staying fit, healthy and happy!

Jean Bevan (Smart Fitness client since 2011)

Jo’s Story

Health Goals for me are a lifestyle choice! I have been conscious of my health more so, as I grow older. As we grow older our metabolism starts to slow and we start adding a pound here and a pound there.

Before you know it, you have 20lbs that you need to shed. In 2013, I got on that health kick of losing the 20lbs.  I lost 30lbs and was in the best shape of my life.

In December 2013, I went for my annual Mammogram. I received the Abnormal letter from the Radiologist. I had received one years before and it was negative. I went for another scan and then you hear those words that stops you in your track….CANCER….

You need to have a biopsy to confirm. You hold out hope, but in a blink of an eye, you went from maybe, to let’s see, to NO you have breast cancer and we need to do surgery now. 

Feb 26, 2014 I had the surgery and now I am almost 5 years clean.

In 2016, I had put back on the weight due to the limitation from having surgery and radiation. I decided I needed some help. I found Smart Fitness from a Friend who said that Andrew listens to you. I had tried other fitness centers and they did not. I feel everyone needs a kick start back to a healthy life, I did and it worked.

Jo Barsh (Smart Fitness Client since 2016) is a State Farm Insurance Agent. You can see her page here


These women are truly amazing and we admire them.

The two takeaways from their stories is:

1. Make Health A Priority

2. Early Detection is Key!

For more information about Breast Cancer Awareness, support and treatment, click here



If we can all agree on one thing, it may just be that 2020 was a year we never want to repeat again!    At least

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