Catalina- June 2016
 

Hi my name is Catalina and I love my Fit Life!!!!

As a young girl I struggled with eating disorders and body dysmorphia. Then as an adult, I finally

realized that if I wanted to get fit I had to do the work. I never took it seriously until I had my

first child. All I wanted was to be fit and healthy. I joined the gym and worked out with a great

trainer for a couple years, then like so many other mothers life got busy and I stopped.

Shortly after the birth of my second child, I met an amazing trainer named Jodi that changed my

life completely. I’ve learned what it really means to love myself and stay healthy and in shape.

I’ve been working out with Jodi for the past 3 years and it’s an addiction. If I miss a couple days

my body doesn’t feel right. She’s taught me so much about fitness and how to live a healthy

lifestyle.

On January 23, 2015 the most horrific thing happen to our family, our beautiful baby girl was

diagnosed with Stage 4 high risk Neuroblastoma Cancer. I couldn’t believe it. How can this

happen. What did I do wrong? I blamed myself. Sofia underwent a year of chemotherapy,

radiation, bone marrow transplant and antibody therapy. We never thought it would end. I did

what any mother would for her child, I focused all of my energy and attention to take care of

her day and night. As a result, I decided to stop working out, which was my passion and I stop

eating healthy. All I wanted was to be with my baby and make her comfortable.

On February 2016 she was finally done with her treatment and was able to ring the ending of

treatment bell. She was cancer free, a true miracle of God.

After several month, I finally got back in the gym with the trainer that changed my life. I knew it

would be tough to get started again but I was ready.

Now I’ve been back for 5 months and I couldn’t be happier. I feel like last year is a complete

blur and I am ok with that. Working out has not only helped my body get back into shape but it

has helped my mind. It’s my own personal therapy class. I’m still trying really hard to get back to

where I was before Sophia’s diagnosis and I know with all my hard work I will get there soon.

Just because I was dealt a bad card it doesn’t mean that life ends. No… You get back up and

face it. Cancer didn’t stop us or me it just made me stronger.

NO EXCUSES!!!!

The charity www.beatnb.org is near and dear to my heart. It was established in 2010 and is a

growing fist in the face of neuroblastoma childhood cancer. Beat Nb drives neuroblastoma

cancer research and raises awareness, making a difference in kids’ survival today. We want to

change the story for the next family by finding viable treatments and ultimately, a cure for

neuroblastoma. By donating you can help make a difference.

Catalina Anderson