In 2009 and I was turning 40 years old.  It didn’t really bother me too much because I felt that I had accomplished a lot in my life ……..I had a wonderful family, I was healthy (I thought), a healthy eater, non-smoker, and I was teaching others how to be healthy through the classes that I taught at the gym.

 It was time for my annual physical and this year I was going to have a mammogram.    I made an appointment but something came up and of course I cancelled it.  Time went on until it was the end of the year before I remembered that I needed to get my annual physical.  I made my appointment and my doctor could not say enough good things about my cholesterol, blood pressure and strong heart.   He said “you are the picture of a healthy young lady”.  Well of course I loved every compliment because I felt I had worked hard to stay healthy and active.  My next step was my mammogram.  I went to my appointment and went through the process of getting my mammogram screening.  After a few pictures, the nurse said that she needed to discuss something with one of the doctors.  Well, I didn’t think anything of it because “my doctor just told me I was the picture of health”.  The nurse returned and she said we needed to take a few more pictures with another machine ( 3D machine).  So we went and took a few more pictures and I went home.  A few days later, my primary doctor called and had scheduled a biopsy for me.   He told me it was probably nothing……..could be calcium in the breast tissue.  I went and had the biopsy done and started to be a little worried.  To make a long story short, I was Stage 0 -DCIS (Ductal  carcinoma   in situ).  The cancer was confined to my milk ducts.  I could not believe this was happening to me.  Cancer is not in my family, I am a non-smoker, I do not drink alcoholic beverages and per my doctor…. I am one of the healthiest people he has met.  This was a very early diagnosis that would not have been caught if I had kept putting my annual physical and mammogram off.  So……. PLEASE  HAVE YOUR SCREENINGS DONE!  . 

 Surgery was inevitable Of course.  I went through a lot of emotions with this diagnosis.  I was very angry at first because I felt that I had done everything right.  The doctors told me that it must be environmental.  So then of course I was afraid to eat anything, clean my house with cleaning agents, and spray pesticides around my house.   I have come top the conclusion that this happened to me for a reason…….so I can tell my story and express the importance of being screened and having an annual physical.  2010 was very difficult for me…..  I had 5 surgeries and I underwent radiation treatment.    I  tried to stay positive and thank God for letting this be an early detection that I could overcome.  I made a goal to get back into my routine of teaching at the gym and promoting a healthy life to everyone beginning January 2011.  I made that happen.  It was a struggle at first but I feel very strong mentally and physically now just 4 months later. 

 I have set another goal this year to be involved in the CFW Relay for Life.  CFW has a few “early detection survivors” that would love for you to join them as the walk at Ashley High School April 15th. If you cannot make it on April 15th, please consider making a donation for this great cause.  Go to and sign up for the Crossfit Wilmington team today.

God Bless You!

Lisa G.

In addition to Relay for Life next weekend at Ashley High School, Lisa and the Spin City crew will be doing a spin relay starting tonight from 6pm-8pm and again tomorrow from 9am-12pm.  The cost is $10 per hour and all proceeds will New Hanover Relay for Life.  Come out and spin for a good cause!


400m run
10 KB Snatch (24 / 16)
300m run
20 KB Snatch
200m run
30 KB Snatch
100m run
40 KB Snatch

6 thoughts on “Spin City Spin Relay

  1. No GOOD says:

    Lisa, thank you for sharing!
    Now what is it with all the running and KB’s, can we get some front squats, some tire flips, “THE VIKING” (actually if you Post tThe VIKING JJ may show up for a work out hahaha) ….Oh I cant wait to see what next week brings!!!

  2. Caleb says:

    Great testimony Lisa, thanks for sharing! Also, for those of you having trouble submitting your score for the first 2 sectional wods, they have updated the page so you can now submit your score. Log into your account and look at your workouts and from there it will prompt you to submit your score if you have not already had it validated.

  3. Scott S says:

    What a story, Lisa. I look forward to walking the survivor’s lap with you.

    We are up to 16 relay team members, let’s make it 50!

  4. t. says:

    Lisa… wow. Thank you.

    Let’s get on the bikes CFW!

    Thank you to everyone that attended the nutrition class last night. We hope you’re now on you’re way to truely healthy eating.

    I big thank you to Mike Clay of Custom Fit Meals. Mike supplied us with an excellent catered dinner. The new items are great.

    For more info on Custom Fit Meals go to It may very well be the answer to your diet and feeding problems.

  5. Jason says:

    Lisa, thanks for sharing your story. My annual physical is now scheduled (first since 2005), but know I need to now that I’m in my mid-life. Knowing I’m the same age as you, you make me feel soft…keep killing it in the cycling world as well as on the CF side! Sorry I can’t make it tonight or tomorrow, but I wanted to swing in for a quickie today and to make a small donation. Thanks so much for the tutorial this morning and I promise I’ll be back in for a full session. You’re an inspiration!

  6. Whitney says:

    Lisa, thank’s for that, I am going to stop rescheduling my baseline mammogram. I’ve rescheduled it twice! That’s clearly ridiculous. Good job beating cancer. I hate cancer!

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