Shareen is a #SurvivorInTheOpen
March 18 2019·
March 18 2019·
Shareen Hassan is a snowboarder, outdoors enthusiast, and CrossFitter. She was diagnosed with breast cancer when she was 37 years old. She did not let her diagnosis keep her from being a part of this year's CrossFit Games Open.
Fitness has always be a part of Shareen's life. She says...
"I love pushing myself in anything that I try."
This determination showed up even through her breast cancer diagnosis. Fitness remained a part of her life through treatment and recovery.
"Fitness has been a huge part of my recovery both physically and mentally."
Shareen acknowledges that fitness post diagnosis was "tough." She says that it was constantly reminding her of what she could no longer do. About a week in, she made a mindset shift and decided that this diagnosis could be a new beginning for
her. She could, "start all over, and do it better this time."
Shareen has been doing CrossFit for 5 years. This is her 4th CrossFit Open.
Even though she loves fitness, she wasn't planning to do the Open this year. When asked why she decided to do it anyway, she said:
"Life is always going to throw things at you, so why stop doing what you love right?"
Shareen has even more advice for breast cancer survivors who might be afraid to try CrossFit. She acknowledges that everyone starts somewhere, and CrossFit is "amazing in its ability to cater for everyone."
One of Shareen's favorite parts about CrossFit is the community. She says, "The community is there for you in the good times and the sucky ones, You are surrounded with positivity and awesome vibes, and as a fellow survivor that is a huge deal."
If you're a breast cancer survivor interested in getting into fitness post diagnosis, connect with us to get Resources After Diagnosis (RAD).
Shareen's goal for this year's Open is to "not die - do everything Rx." #relatable
What's your goal for the Open this year? Follow along on Instagram @barbellsforboobs to get more stories and inspiration like Shareen's story.