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Krysten Bishop, Toronto, Ontario
The goal: To overcome breast cancer and regain her health.
The game changer: Before her breast cancer diagnosis, Krysten viewed working out as a penalty for not being good enough. "I had spent a lot of time exercising to achieve a number on the scale or to wear a certain dress size. It wasn't about health," she says.
Facing a life-threatening disease, she realized that she had to decide what was truly important—a bangin' body or a healthy body—and something changed. "I chose health. All of a sudden I started to respect my body for its strength and its ability. And I learned how to love myself," she says. After recovering from a double mastectomy, exercising and racing became an extension of who she was and a way to love that person.
The aftermath: Krysten is now cancer-free, healthy, and happy. And she no longer worries about numbers. "I stopped seeing a girl who wasn't good enough, and started seeing a girl who was worth it!"
Real women share the simple but little-known lessons that were essential to their success
15 real women share the simple but little-known lessons that were essential to their success.