No More Excuses Spring Challenge 2017 3rd Place Winner is……

Congratulations to Larissa Croghan for coming in 3rd place!
Here is her story:
In 2013, shortly after the birth of my second daughter, I had a breast cancer scare. Thankfully, the mass was benign. My experience led me to begin encouraging my mom to go in for a mammogram. She finally caved and the scan found a tumor that turned out to be malignant. Due to a strong history of breast cancer in our family, her oncologist recommended she pursue genetic testing prior to deciding between a bilateral mastectomy (removing both breasts) and lumpectomy (removing just the cancerous mass). The genetic testing revealed that she carries a gene mutation, which increases a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer in her lifetime to 87%. That’s a terrifying number.
I decided to pursue genetic testing for myself and learned that I am also positive for that mutation. After receiving my results, I met with a genetic counselor who encouraged me to have risk reducing surgery, to significantly lower my risk of developing cancer. I plan to have a surgery to fix it when I am closer to 35-40 years old and, I will have my ovaries removed as well, as the gene increases the risk of ovarian cancer. I feel that knowing about my gene mutation empowers me to be proactive in my health, but the first step in my journey is to get myself to a healthy weight. Bilateral mastectomy is a major surgery and being at a healthy weight will not only reduce the chance of complications, but it will also help with my recovery. I have been overweight for as long as I can remember.  I didn’t want to be, but I lacked the knowledge to get started. Everyone says something different and it was all overwhelming.  Eat this.  Don’t eat that.  Do this exercise.  Don’t do this exercise.  It seemed so hard.  Now I am nearly 28 years old with three young daughters (ages 6, almost 4, and 1.)
Not only do my girls look up to me and need me to model a healthy lifestyle for them, but they need their mama to be alive and well.  I want to be here to see them get their driver’s license, take pictures of them in their prom dress, see them graduate high school, go to college, get married, and have babies of their own.  It’s time for me to show up for myself, and for them. During this 12-week challenge, I lost a total of 15 pounds and 3.75”
in my waist. I feel like I’ve finally found the balance that I need to continue this journey without the
constant on and off the wagon.  I will reach my goal of being a healthy weight.  Not only for myself but for my girls.