Alison H is 38 years old. She is a mother, a wife, a CrossFitter, and a breast cancer survivor who is one of many #SurvivorsInTheOpen.
Alison says that she has "always been an athlete," but her body and mind were truly changed by CrossFit. She's been doing CrossFit for almost five years.
When joining CrossFit, Alison did not let her initial fear of entering a new gym and workout routine stop her from finding a community of people "who go through hard things" together, inside and outside of the gym.
"Since diagnosis, fitness gave me a focus, a community, and a solace during treatment."
Although Alison has done the CrossFit Open for the past two years, she wasn't sure she wanted to sign up this year. She says that she is not in the best shape, she is still recovering from recent surgery, and is still carrying "chemo weight."
She didn't let that stop her.
"I realized, those were just excuses and I knew better than to let that stop me from joining my CrossFit family in some of the most fun nights of the year."
Her goal for the CrossFit Open this year is just to "get through each wod" and "feel proud" regardless of how she finishes.
Alison's message for women or breast cancer survivors out there who are on the fence about trying CrossFit is one of encouragement!
She says, "Jump!"
(all photos in this article credited to: Carrie Roberts Photography)