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In 2017, at the age of 33, Alexis found a lump in her breast while on a business trip. She mentioned it to her mother, who urged her to get it checked out when she returned home. Alexis thought it might be an early-stage breast cancer. When she was referred to Dana-Farber and found out that it was stage 4, "it was completely shocking and obviously devastating."
As someone who had always exercised and practiced a healthy lifestyle, Alexis vowed that after chemotherapy, she was going to get even stronger than before she got sick.
In this video series, learn about Alexis' decision to take up weight lifting, how she gets through the emotional ups and downs, and how things are going now that she is more than a year out from her initial diagnosis.
"My whole goal was to try to get back into shape and show other young women that you can still be strong and fit and healthy, even when dealing with a chronic illness."
Alexis, who was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer in 2017, finds that exercise helps her to deal with her emotions when she's having a tough day.
"During the day you've got people around you, they're keeping you distracted. But when you put your head on that pillow at night, your mind just races."
Alexis and her sister Kelly talk about their reactions to Alexis' metastatic breast cancer diagnosis.
"Dr. Partridge is my doctor and she has been so amazing. She really takes away the fear of the unknown."
Alexis is on a clinical trial at Dana-Farber and doing well. She reflects on her experience and how she and her family are dealing with “the new normal.”
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