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    Posted December 2, 2013 by
    Campbell, California
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    CNN Fit Nation: 2014 Triathlon Challenge

    Just What the Doctor Ordered

    My name is Joy Chism, I am 52 and live in the San Francisco Bay area. As a child I was very active and in high school I was on the cross country running team. In college I stayed active by playing in inter-mural sports. But like most Americans, when I started my career I became sedentary and became overweight. At age 37 I found myself overweight and depressed. But I remember the good feelings as a result of running in high school.
    So I started to run again. The pounds slowing came off and lost 50 pounds and a year and half later I finished my first half marathon. I then joined running group and ran with this running group for 10 years. It was the best decision I had ever made. During this time at age 47 I found myself diagnosed with breast cancer. The running helped cope with the cancer diagnosis . A month after my radiation therapy was complete, I ran another half marathon. I continued to run until 2 years ago when I had to have surgery for a torn meniscus . My surgeon told me needed to find a new sport. A sport that had some cross training. Just as I had recovered I broke my foot ! (a Jones fracture) It was very painful and a very long recovery. I had to have surgery to put in a screw in to hold my bones together and then 3 months on crutches or a walking boot cast. As soon as I recovered I had to have another surgery to take the screw out. I am fully recovered now and want to be part of the Fit Nation Team. I want to learn in sport of Triathlon. After all it is Just what the doctor ordered.
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