Rosemary Guendner

CFW is a community of tough minded, kind hearted, Oly lifting, rope climbing athletes that I am proud to be a part of.  It is for these reasons I would like to share my story to help spread the word about The American Cancer Association’s Relay For Life 2011 on April 15 and 16th, and why we all need to sign up for Team CrossFit Wilmington!

In 1988 I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, and as a result, Hypothyroidism.  Other than being monitored by a general practitioner and taking my daily synthroid, I paid very little attention to this “issue” and did not take any actions after the initial diagnosis.

Starting in the summer of 2010, after numerous conversations with CFW coaches about nutrition and a very informative (and detailed…and let’s face it, LONG) nutrition class with Tony, I decided to finally get serious about my total health and thyroid issues and make an appointment with an endocrinologist. I expected to have a thorough checkup with a full blood work panel and receive answers to my extensive nutrition questions.

Much to my surprise, and relatively quickly, I had a biopsy of the thyroid, had a thyroidectomy, was diagnosed with cancer, and underwent a radiation treatment with a follow up total body scan. Doctors say that this is one of the most treatable cancers and I now have a clean bill of health.  This entire cancer situation transpired over  only four months.  While I was nervous and at times very scared, I never thought of myself as “having cancer” because my loved ones and I did not need to endure chemotherapy and all the physical and emotional tolls this relentless disease takes.  However, after speaking with Scott (of CFW), he helped me realize that this is an example of early detection and that is one reason why it was relatively easy to overcome.  I now consider myself an advocate for early detection.

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life represents the hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported, and that one day cancer will be eliminated.”

Today is the kick -off for Relay for Life . Survivor’s Walk start’s at 6:30pm and goes throughout the night. Come out and show your support and walk a mile or 10. if you haven’t registered yet, there is still time. Go to to get started. See you tonight!


Mobility work with Foam Rollers and Myofacial Balls

* Today’s WOD will be conducted during class times and is open to all gym members.
** Class times: 6am, 9am, 11am, 4pm, 5:45pm and 7pm

8 thoughts on “Rosie’s Story (and Mobility)

  1. josh says:

    Thank you Rosie for sharing your story with us! Dont forget to stop in and pick up your t-shirt/ tank top if you pre-ordered one. Also, the extra’s are first come first serve. I’m already fielding text’s and phone calls and I’m sorry, but we can’t “hold” a shirt for anyone.

  2. Tracy says:

    Rosie! You are an amazing woman! Josh, thanks for the class this morning! And I love the tanks! See you guys at Relay for Life and Work on Wilmington! Spending the weekend with Team CFW!! Wooohooo!!

  3. Whitney says:

    Rosie, much love, you are the best. An inspiration to us all! You were here lifting heavier than a lot of the girls and beating cancer at the same time. Not only are you an advocate for early detection, but you are an excuse buster. People should remember that if they can’t be there tonight, they can donate to the CFW team with dolla dolla billz.

  4. t. says:

    Posted in “New Tshirts are Here” comments by Scott Smith:

    Friday is Relay for Life day! Ms Pat and I are comitted to walking 100 laps (25 miles) and would welcome some company. Josh and t. have agreed to donate a new t-shirt to the first person who completes the 100 laps at the relay. Lace ‘em up and meet us on the track!

    By Mike Clay:

    Custom Fit Meals will also donate a free week of food for the first person that completes the 100 laps as well!

    By Ryan “St. Louie”:

    I take that challenge Mr. Scott

  5. josh says:

    Update for tonight’s Relay for Life: We will have a tent set up with a table and some chairs in the tent area, look for our CFW Banner. I will be there for the opening Ceremonies head out and then be back to walk at the Relay until around 2am. The tent will be out there all night so feel free to use the area as you need to rest. Thank you all for your support, see you tonight!

  6. Jason says:

    I should have used the tent area more.
    In memory of my mother-in-law, Judy Stephenson, who lost a 30+ year battle with cancer almost four years ago, I set out to complete a couple dozen laps or so, get a decent workout in, and share the fight. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting other crossfitters including the legendary Scott & Mrs. Pat (such gracious, genuine people…but you all already know that) and seeing quite a few of my instructors burning up the track, also.
    The first 50 laps came and went pretty fast. Being joining CrossFit, I was an avid runner, and so 2 hours in, I felt pretty strong. And then I sat down. Oops. I better grab a bite to eat. Oops. My inspirational leader, Josh, said, “I’m headin’ out. You keep it up. How many more? 46? (grimace).” Uggh. Running more produced my left achilles to tighten up…then the right…then the calves. And just when I thought about mailing it in…somewhere around 1am, I thought about the REAL struggles. The struggles faced by Scott, Lisa G, Rosie, 9 year old Jake Hatton (the first boy my son, Jack, met at school upon moving to Wilmington) who lost his battle with brain cancer 18 months ago, and, of course, Judy. The way she battled through each treatment, smiled through each Dr’s appointment, and the way she shared her love with her kids and grandkids while she faced setback after setback was truly inspiring. Could I really leave with a little tightness in my legs? Hells, no.
    Beginning with lap 76, they became easier…I ran a couple 9 minute miles when I was 20 miles deep and the final 10 laps were quite a cap of emotion for me. The walk back to the car at 10 minutes to 3 gave me some more time to reflect…some more time to remember…and some more time to finish those Oreos Josh left for me (Thanks, J! The snacks were well received and enjoyed!).
    This morning, my wife asked me “what in the Sam hell were you doing in the shower at 3 o’clock?” When I told her, a brief moment of silence ensued. She said thank you, stated how nice that was, and asked if I was nuts. “Probably,” I said, “but it was something I needed to do.”
    Finally, thanks to the CrossFit staff and members, for helping to inspire me to do something I should have done without consideration. I love you guys!
    I only wish I would have started with some rocks…I’m not very good at that counting thing.

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