Liposarcoma survivor: Cancer won’t stop me from achieving my goals

Before my liposarcoma diagnosis in November 2017, I was spending a lot of time at the gym. My focus was on improving my physical strength and overall well-being. But I was also sharing my workouts and recipes on social media, in hopes of inspiring others. I started noticing that my right thigh looked bigger around September of last year. With all the strength training and conditioning I’d been doing, I just assumed the bulge was a muscle. And since it wasn’t causing me any pain or discomfort, I didn’t worry about it. But after I filmed a workout video and posted it on social media, I received several messages from concerned viewers about it. It was particularly noticeable after I was stepping out of the shower one day, so I knew I needed to get it checked out. I got an MRI at the hospital where I work as a nurse. I was on the treadmill when my doctor called me with the results. She said she thought I had a soft tissue cancer called liposarcoma. From that moment on, my life changed. My soft tissue sarcoma treatment I cried and barely ate for days after my cancer diagnosis. I was only 42, and all I could think about was my two sons. I knew I needed to fight for them. I also wanted to go to the best place possible. So, I called MD Anderson. I got an appointment with Dr. Maria Zarzour. She recommended six rounds of chemotherapy, followed by six weeks of radiation therapy. I knew even before I met her that I wanted to be...