Fran Whitfield is a London based personal trainer who, at age 25, learned she has breast cancer that had metastasized to her brain and was given a prognosis of 2 years to live. Unwilling to settle for such a grim diagnosis, Fran sought the help of a care team who was willing to fight the disease with her. She credits her hedge of fitness with helping her recover quickly from brain surgery, and her current fitness routine with protecting her mental and physical health as she manages the side effects of chemotherapy. Throughout her treatment, Fran has candidly documented her experiences to help spread awareness to other young people. She hopes that by sharing her journey she can reduce the fear of the unknown that so many people experience as they battle cancer.
I first heard Fran’s story on a panel discussion at the CrossFit Games, and I was immediately struck by her resilience in the face of such a scary diagnosis. Her mental fortitude as she advocates for herself and keeps her focus on the variables within her control is nothing short of remarkable.
You can connect with Fran via Instagram @franwhitfield
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