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Season of RAD

Hello, my name is Deirdre.

The RAD Program including online support, virtual RAD WODs and weight lifting, social events, and educational workshops have helped me grow tremendously as a person this past year.

I was diagnosed in September 2020 with IDC Stage 2, ER+, PR-, HER2+ breast cancer. I joined the RAD program a few weeks later in October 2020.

I was overwhelmed with anxiety, uncertainty, and confusion over treatment options.

I felt like my diagnosis was all my fault for not pushing for a second opinion. Then the TCHP chemo began and I had very bad (and now I realize, more rare) side effects. This was followed by a mastectomy, reconstruction, and 14 rounds of kadcyla chemo.

 I only have a few chemo treatments left and the struggle to keep going and accept the 3-week roller coaster cycle has been a challenge, but I have been able to focus on “bright spots”, give myself a “break”, and celebrate my personal “wins” thanks to BFB! I would not be where I am today a little over a year later without the support from BFB. The RAD program has been an integral and essential part of my recovery. 

Barbells for Boobs gave me back some perceived control and the ability to choose a strong, powerful mindset.

Connecting with other RAD athletes provided a positive, uplifting community.  I have been so motivated by personal stories of struggles and strength. These women understood what I was (am) going through and encouraged me.  Their victories, both big and small, inspired me to try my best every day.

I love rooting for them too, many of whom I have never met in person.  This group of women are incredible.  They work hard to be their best possible selves and I genuinely am so happy to be included in part of this group.

I love RAD wods (and weight lifting) and B Student University activities and Sunday meetings with the gals the best! The ability to also chat 1-on-1 with the Physical Performance and Mental Performance Caches has been irreplaceable.

Deirdre YeaterRAD Athlete

The RAD Program is so important to me.

I actually feel “lucky”, not to have cancer, but to have the opportunity to work with the amazing BFB Coaches.  These coaches helped me to believe in myself and are my most confident self, incredibility, at a time in my life when I was sick, weak, bald, and vulnerable.

The Mental Performance Coach has been pushing me out of my comfort zone. I have created new mental wellness habits such as journaling, mantras, and positive self-talk.  The Physical Performance Coach has helped me to set goals, both short-term based on how I am feeling, and long-term to slowly build strength.  

The RAD Athletes and the whole BFB team have provided a sense of belonging.  Thank you! Much love! I can’t wait to see what 2022 brings for us all…. 

5, 4, 3, 2, 1 Let’s gooooooo!!!

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