Laurie Sam – On April 16th, I was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Laurie SamMy name is Laurie Sam, I am 29 years old. This year started off like any other, but soon turned into one of the most challenging years of my life. But the completely cliché term, “what doesn’t kill makes you stronger”, seriously rings true! I joined the Hit in January when they opened the doors to their Port Moody location with a new year’s resolution to shape up for my wedding in August. I wanted to look my best and feel my best on one of the best days of my life. I was to marry my fiancé, Tyler, on August 4th 2013. He is one of the hardest working, caring men I know, with crazy gorgeous eyes that I find myself lost is so many times. What happened next blew those plants out of the water.

In April I found myself awake at nights worrying about something I had randomly felt one night in bed. It was a lump on my left breast. I told my family and Tyler about it, and made an appointment with my doctor. I went in for an ultrasound and a mammogram (ouuuch) that concluded I needed a biopsy for further investigation. I was nervous wreck at this point, but going to the Hit sure was a healthy distraction and release of stress and worry.

On April 16th, I was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Thanks everyone for all your support! The surgery went well and am working hard to recover! I miss the hit terribly!!! But I am so so glad that my spirit was hitting alongside all of my fellow hitters kicking the shit out of cancer! I’m sore In a lotta places but am in full recovery mode! It’s been a rough ride and I’m anxious about the pathology report…. But sooner rather than later I will be cancer free! We women all got the eye of the tiger rising up to the challenge of our rivals!