Meet Erika McDonald – wife, mom, entrepreneur, athlete manager, survivor, survivor, survivor. In this episode, Erika mentions that she has had to face her own mortality. That is an understatement. Erika was first diagnosed with ovarian cancer at age 21 and told she had two months to live. What unfolded has been over a decade of loss, grief, mourning and every time, resurrection stronger than before.
This is a very deep, intense, emotional interview. I had trouble holding it together myself. If you plan to listen during a short run or high intensity intervals, you may want to think again as it’s difficult not to get swept up in Erika’s story and feel her journey yourself.
Today we talk about:
- Cancer: Ovarian, Uterine and Breast cancer and the signs, symptoms and treatment options
- Coping mechanisms: Don’t let those walls go up!
- The importance of listening and believing in what your body is telling you
- Being your own health advocate
- Dealing with loss of people you love deeply
- Marriage: Being true to yourself despite your religious beliefs
- Family: Laying the foundation
- Letting go of perfect
I interviewed Erika at my home studio and when we were done, I was like, “holy cow. I’m so drained!” to which she said, “well I feel a lot lighter!” I give her so much love and respect for putting herself out there. As Erika says, “Treat everyone kindly because you don’t know what they’re going through.” When you can truly do this, you are free to let go of judgment, fear and anger toward yourself and others and you can finally find beauty in everything around you.
Allright, I’ll leave you to recover from this one. I know it took me a while. But that’s what our workouts are for right? On that note, you know what time it is. It’s time to get out there and run this world. Have a great workout and I’ll see you next week!