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Season of RAD

Hello! My name is Jessica (Jess) Dahn.

I’ve been with the RAD community since I was diagnosed in 2018, though I’ve been fundraising for Barbells for Boobs even longer (my mom is a three-time survivor)!

I was diagnosed in February of 2018 at the age of 30 during my regular screening.

I was incredibly lucky to catch it early since I ended up having triple-negative breast cancer that went from .5 cm on Monday to 2.5 cm on Friday the same week.

Since diagnosis, the RAD community has provided me with the support I didn’t even know I needed. It’s a place to meet and connect with some amazing women who laugh, cry and offer their own experiences without judgment.

This community is one of the most positive places in my life.

Since joining, I’ve learned more about who I am as an individual and strategies for maintaining both my mental and physical health. Every day I receive positive encouragement from the RAD coaches and members that keep me on a positive path. 

For me, one of my biggest PR moments since joining Barbell for Boob’s RAD program was when I stopped comparing myself to what I could do physically before cancer. I contribute to the Mind Seminar through the RAD B-Student program for significantly improving my mental health with this. I remember the first time I lifted without having negative thoughts and I immediately texted Coach Keisha. It may seem like a small win to some given what our bodies go through with cancer treatment, but it’s been a huge step forward for me in my life.

Jess DahnRAD Athlete

I’m not sure where I’d be without my RAD ladies and this organization.

That’s why I’d like to say – thank you to the coaches and staff at Barbells for Boobs for providing us with this safe space for us to connect and be our best selves, and thank you to all my RAD ladies for listening, participating, and just being there for me and each other. #boobsistersforlife

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