ArmorUp Campaign

armouruppicI’m an award winning journalist, former news anchor/clean-eating, health & fitness reporter turned cancer fighter. In the midst of fighting for my own life, I filed stories from my bedside in hopes of saving others through my ArmorUp Campaign.

ArmorUp Campaign is a battle cry and a movement to get people to change their lives through diet, exercise and lifestyle BEFORE a life threatening illness like cancer hits. My fight taught me that working out isn’t about the skinny jeans. It is about showing up fit to the fight. Before you say, “not me,” I’ll share some statistics why most people will face a fight of some sort in their lifetime.

Cancer wasn’t supposed to happen to me.

I contributed national fitness and health stories, I was a green-drinking, clean eating, yoga enthusiast and runner… but it did. That hard work wasn’t a waste of time. It saved me.

I showed up to the fight so fit, that I got the strongest dose of chemo possible while others roamed the halls of Johns Hopkins with 1/4 the dose of chemo I was getting. I was baffled when I noticed the IV bag of chemo hanging around each patient’s IV stand was different. Some were smaller and some were huge bags. Why couldn’t we all fight the same? When doctors sat me down and explained that each patient’s dosing was based on his or her fitness level and their overall health, I was shocked. Why? because doctors had to tip-toe around their illnesses. Their hearts weren’t
strong enough to run chemo through it. Their blood pressure wasn’t safe enough to push the limits. Their weight compounded the problem. I couldn’t understand why anyone would want to 1/2 fight for his or her life.

“I was scared to make friends because I often lost them…I don’t want this to happen to others.”

According to the World Health Organization, cancer is among the leading causes of death worldwide. Within the next 2 decades the number of NEW cases will RISE to 22 million. Other statistics say that 1 in 3 women and 1 in 2 men will likely face some sort of cancer in his or her lifetime.

Are you going to be one of them? We don’t know, but I ask the question, if cancer knocked on your door today, are you fit enough to fight? Many can’t answer that question. Right now diabetes and obesity are growing at epidemic levels and with it brings health issues. That means more and more people will show up to this fight out of shape and low on hope.