The typical oncology fitness classes weren’t geared towards me.
I found Barbells for Boobs with a Google search when I was nearing the end of chemotherapy treatment in the summer of 2018 when searching for ways to stay active as a young breast cancer fighter. It was a subject my medical team didn’t have a lot of information on. At the time, I checked in with the BFB Facebook group on occasion and learned about mobility work.
Then in March 2020, I was lucky enough to stop by BFB HQ while I was visiting the West coast right before COVID hit the country. There I was able to put my hands on a barbell for the first time in my life! I learned the basics of how to snatch and from there I had a newfound commitment (and EXCITEMENT!) to my health, strength, and wellbeing.
2021 brought the launch of the B Student University and I signed up in a heartbeat.
My gut told me I needed this focus, despite the 6 month commitment to showing up every Sunday feeling intimidating. I’m so grateful to my past self for that decision because I’ve become closer and more involved with this amazing RAD community of supportive survivors/thrivers. I never knew I needed this circle of support until I had it.
“I'll say it again - the community I found was not one I was looking for, but I'm so grateful that I found it! Being surrounded by women in a safe space, sharing vulnerabilities and laughs alike, fills my cup in a way like none other. My life would not be the same without it.”Miranda MacKayRAD Athlete
This year I’ve also grown physically stronger with the RADWOD monthly challenges and programming specific to my own goals.
I’m the strongest I’ve ever been – I can do a full push up. I can plank for 3 minutes plus. My current goal is being able to deadlift my own weight. This may not seem impressive to some, but BFB has helped me to learn & appreciate the power of starting where you stand. Appreciation, gratitude, and mindfulness are all skills I’ve been able to practice within the supportive safe space created by BFB.
In short, I’m grateful to Barbells for Boobs for helping me build my toolbox. Inside, I have the tools to take on life after breast cancer.