The Lady in the Pink Sweater

The Lady in the Pink Sweater

Marian Barnick

Marian Barnick

Marian Barnick is a Registered Kinesiologist helping cancer patients improve their quality of life through exercise.

The Lady in the Pink Sweater

 

My brain is finally slowing down.  I had a week-end of information overload.  Don’t get me wrong – it’s been great and I am sad my course is over.

For me, the best part of any activity is the social part – meeting everyone.  I’m considered by most to be an outgoing type ‘A’ personality but can be kinda shy about putting myself out there.  I’m pretty comfortable just sitting back and listening from the sidelines.

But this weekend was different because of all the awesome women (and a few men) that I got to meet.  

In particular –  the lady in the pink sweater. 

She’s soft spoken but I could hear the power in her voice even though I had to lean in to listen.  She was smart – that’s for sure.  And her eyes told a story of a life that wasn’t always smooth.

I think there’s always a reason that people come together and this was no exception.  I wouldn’t have met this lady except that someone took the extra time and made the extra effort to find me and say “I think you have to meet the lady over at table 7 in the pink sweater.  I was at table 37.

You see, the lady in the pink sweater has colon cancer.  She just finished her last round of chemo a week ago.  Two days before our conference she wasn’t able to sit in a chair more than two hours before needing to lie down because of her fatigue.  She wondered how she’d ever make it through two days at the conference from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.  

But she did.

The lady in pink could have been labeled a survivor even before her diagnosis.  Her life story resonated with me.  She’d traveled a path with many similarities to mine.  

We related.

The most amazing thing is how people come into your life for a reason.  You see the lady in the pink sweater was at a conference about business strategy and social media even though she hadn’t yet developed  a concrete idea of what she wanted her business to be.  But she knows she wants to give back.

We talked about how today was a day filled with joy.  The lady in the pink sweater had undergone chemo and radiation.  The next step would be surgery.  But she just got the news.  Her treatments have worked and she isn’t going to need surgery.  She feels blessed.  And this solidified for her that she needs to give back.  But how?

Well…..

this lady in the pink sweater has just started working out.  She hates cardio and loves lifting weights.  We talked about her treatment and her symptoms.  We talked (of course!) about exercise as a treatment for people with cancer.  She didn’t know that exercise can help with her symptoms from chemo.  She didn’t know that exercise can decrease the risk of cancer recurrence.  

That was a big one for her.  This is motivating.  “Why isn’t every cancer patient exercising?” she asked.

Then the idea came – it was simple, really.  We talked and shared my knowledge and passion for what I do and her motivation and understanding of how she can give back.  I know it’s going to work – this union between her and me. 

The lady in the pink sweater has four beautiful children.  She needs to be here.  She now knows she needs to take her exercise seriously.  But it’s hard because she’s a giver – always has been and always will be.  But she now knows she has to give to herself too.  She will make the time for herself.  Time to exercise, rest, eat well, and survive.  She’s excited that, in a way, she HAS to take the time for herself.  Because the benefits of exercise for her are also benefits for her family.

It’s amazing who you meet – not by happenstance, but because there’s a reason.

I’m waiting patiently for her email so we can discuss her dream and how I can help.

Chat soon L.

Marian

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