How Running Triathlons Hit Breast Cancer for Six!
Find out how Jodi Amor used fitness to heal from breast cancerWhen it comes to a challenge, there isn't much that can keep NSW woman Jodie Amor down.

In 2007, at the young age of 33, Jodie was diagnosed with breast cancer. Married with two young children and beginning one of the most exciting phases of her life, she was naturally devastated.

With no family history of breast cancer and no lumps in her breasts, she had no warning of the aggressive breast cancer invading her body. It was a lucky referral by her doctor that saved her life. 

Jodie had been at her local GP for an annual check-up, undergoing all the usual tests, including a breast exam, returning no alarming results or lumps. But, just to be sure, she was sent for an ultrasound, which revealed two tumours. Shortly after her diagnosis in October 2007, Jodie underwent a mastectomy and faced the gruelling ordeal of undergoing chemotherapy.

It was during her very first chemotherapy treatment that Jodie saw a poster for the 2008 Tri Pink, an all female triathlon. Thinking to herself how amazing it would be to be able to complete a triathlon, the Tri Pink became her focus and inspiration for every oncology visit.

Once she had made it through the first stage of chemotherapy, Jodie joined a gym to regain her fitness. In May 2008 she entered the 8km Mother's Day Classic walk and after successfully completing the event, was more determination than ever to reach her goal - completing a triathlon. It was this thought that kept her motivated through the next 12 weeks of chemotherapy treatment.

Encouraged by Jodie's determination, a few of her friends decided to enter Tri Pink as well and they all started training at Mick Ferris's FINSS Swim School. Mick, an experienced tri-athlete himself, shared his expertise and encouragement, keeping the group on track and motivated. During her training Jodie was still having treatment and, with her husband's love and support, they managed to juggle family commitments and her busy training schedule.

Click to enter the Downton Abbey DVD competitionIn 2008, after battling cancer, chemo and gruelling training, Jodie successfully completed Tri Pink. One of the proudest moments of her life, she found a confidence and new determination to face anything that life threw at her.

Throughout her training and after her achievement, Jodie couldn't believe how exercise had improved her physical and mental strength during her treatment. It encouraged her to start a fitness group for women and Jodie approached trainer Mick Ferris to help her kick off a program. In 2010 Pink Finss was born.

Starting out with just nine women, one year after its inception the group had grown to almost 40 members. Pink Finss not only encourages women to get fit, but it also educates members about cancer risk factors, encourages them to have regular mammograms and supports local women diagnosed with breast cancer.

Determined to help other women, through Pink Finss Jodie inspires local women to get fit and be aware of breast cancer. This year her efforts have been recognised by Sensis, which has selected Jodie for the cover of its Windsor White & Yellow Pages book, under the theme Keeping Our Communities Healthy. Celebrating people who go above and beyond to improve the quality of life in their communities, the theme recognises Jodie's efforts supporting local women in their fitness goals and helping raise awareness about breast cancer.

In 2012 Jodie celebrated her five year anniversary from diagnosis, a huge achievement, as after five years the likelihood of cancer returning is greatly reduced. Jodie's credits exercise and setting herself a goal as being a positive driving force during and after her treatment.

She is one woman determined to take on the world and help women with breast cancer beat the battle positively and actively.



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