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Mar 1
Category: Think Positive!
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Written By: Imerman Angels @ 4:53 pm

Justin BarthI’m 33 years old and I was diagnosed with neuroendocrine cancer in my lung and liver almost 2 years ago (my liver had 14 tumors.) I’ve undergone numerous surgeries and different kinds of treatments and have currently received chemo (3 days in a row every 21 days) for the last 9 months. I was always an active person. After I was diagnosed I tried to continue running and lifting weights as much as possible. For quite a while I was able to keep doing it through the treatments, but than about a year ago I couldn’t continue. I normally weighed about 185-195lbs and within a few months I had gotten down to 153lbs and had trouble walking even 4 city blocks. Than right before I started chemo I got so tired of sitting around that I thought “I don’t care how bad of shape I’m in, how badly I feel or how hard it is, I’m going to get up everyday and lift weights or run!” It was very difficult at the beginning knowing how much I used to weigh, how strong I used to be and how far I used to run but I did it! Everyday I either lifted weights or ran! Now, after enduring 9 months of chemo and counting I’ve still continued doing it and I feel great! I eat extremely healthy, lift weights or run everyday, have almost zero side effects from the chemo and I’m not even taking any medication (even for nausea!) Best of all, I started doing the strength training workouts that I used to do in college with a couple of my friends that played football for Arizona State University and I’m now back up to 191lbs at approximately 8% bodyfat and my strength has gone through the roof! I’m still undergoing chemo AND still manage to workout everyday! Even on the 3 days that I actually get chemo, I leave my doctors office and go straight to the gym and run! I’m still fighting cancer but everyday I get a little stronger and I run a little farther. There’s no doubt in my mind that I’m gonna beat this, its just a question of when!

2 Comments »

  1. What a great story and inspiration. I have been striving to work out daily to make sure I’m strong enough to fight chemo when it may occur, chronic cancer in my case, and Justin’s strength to keep going is amazing. thanks for sharing this and keep up all the great work IA does

    Comment by Michael — Mar 1 @ 7:35 pm

  2. Cheering you on brother !!!!!!

    Comment by Mimi Loucks — Mar 2 @ 4:42 pm

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