Participant Spotlight: Denise Jones

Even after removal and treatment, cancer sometimes returns. This is one of the most frustrating and disheartening realities of cancer. After dealing with the emotions and challenges of a first diagnosis, hearing the word “cancer” again can create an even heavier burden for survivors. But every person battling cancer demonstrates a special strength and fortitude during their fight. Patients with recurring cancer are the ones who get back in the ring time and time again.

That is Survivor Fitness participant Denise Jones’ story. 

Denise Jones was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2017. After treatment and four years of positive news from her doctor, Denise learned her cancer had returned in 2021. The news was understandably devastating. 

“I didn’t think I could handle it again,” Denise said. “I was broken and didn’t understand why me again?”

Finding Hope & Inspiration Through a Miracle

Her cancer then returned the following year. While she was receiving treatment during her third bout with cancer, Denise was determined to stay in the fight by embracing healthy habits and looking for ways to maintain her strength after surgery. That’s when she found out about Survivor Fitness through a friend.

“Getting connected with Survivor Fitness was a godsend,” she said. “I remember asking my friend about juices and which ones were best. When she asked what they were for, I told her I was diagnosed with cancer AGAIN.” 

Denise’s friend, Anita, told her about Survivor Fitness and the rest is history. 

After her surgery, Denise was eager to start her recovery journey. She started the program the day the doctors allowed her to begin physical activity. Denise connected with Survivor Fitness right away and began her personal training program.

Like many participants, Denise experienced a life-changing adventure by participating in Survivor Fitness. 

“On day one, I left training thinking, ‘I can’t do this,” she explained. “On the final day, I left knowing there is nothing I CAN’T do!”

Inspiring Others to Stay in the Fight

After battling breast cancer twice, Denise was physically and mentally exhausted. But today, she can say that she has won the battle with cancer. Fear and uncertainty can still arise, but she is better prepared to handle them and use her worries as motivation to encourage others.  

“The hardest part for me is not knowing what tomorrow will bring,” Denise said. “But realizing that today could be my last inspires me to live every day spreading hope, love, and awareness.”

At first, Dense didn’t understand why she had to experience another cancer diagnosis. Now she knows why—to bring awareness and hope to patients in need. 

When asked what she would tell someone else who might be on a similar journey of cancer recurrence, Denise answered with passion, “Fight! Don’t give up. You are not alone. Let people help and bless you.” 

If there’s one thing Denise has learned from her Survivor Fitness training program, it’s to keep pushing no matter what… and tell the world about Survivor Fitness!

We are incredibly grateful for the way Denise has inspired us with her passion and commitment to keep fighting. If you or someone you know is a cancer survivor looking to regain your health and wellness through one-on-one personal training and nutritional support, we’re here for you! Connect with us today to learn more.