Jean V.: 

I needed to build my strength for surgery…

no matter what it took!

Read Jean's story and discover how we change lives!

I have always been very comfortable at Razor Sharp.  It is a great place to workout with diverse activities and a friendly group of people of all ages.  I have been going there since they first opened and I have to admit, many months I slacked off and procrastinated about exercising.  I knew I needed a trainer.  I already knew my goals, so I watched different trainers to see qualities that would match my needs.  That someone needed to be smart, honest and caring—hence why I chose to train with Lauren Gedemer!

At the Kickstart meeting, I was very honest with Lauren about my goals and she was not fazed at the difficulty of those goals.  She didn’t even cringe when I told her my situation.  I told her that I had colon cancer along with other barriers (such as my two knee replacements) and that I wanted to be as fit as I could for surgery in four months.  I didn’t care what it took, I wanted to get rid of those “parasites” within me and I needed all the ammunition that I could get.  I knew I could win this battle, but I needed more control over the situation.  The more fit I was, the better the results.  She saw no reason why I couldn’t do it.  She went into “Lauren-mode” and laid out my plan.

We worked out for four months and in March 2018, I had an eight-hour surgery (this included colon resection and a HIPEC wash).  After surgery it was a two-week recovery in the hospital with God by my side every step of the way.  Immediately after surgery, the nurses were impressed that I could do so much for myself and my legs were strong.  In my final meeting with my surgeon, I told him I wasn’t sure how to thank him for saving my life.  He said it was not only him but also my determination to get in shape and that I should “keep that trainer, she’s worth every penny”.

I always joke with Lauren that she is tough on me, but I need it.  I need someone to tell me when I exercise incorrectly or slack off on how many reps I am doing.  She kept my whining to a minimum and never let me say I couldn’t do it.  She listened to me. The best part was that she knew what exercises I needed for my pre-surgery prep work and was very patient, yet strong in getting me to recover after surgery.  This workout is the reason I am back to doing everything I was doing before, and I feel great.  I’ve lost forty pounds in the process and life is “easier.”  I am grateful to be here and for the assistance I have received.  I still have more work to do, but I know I can do it!!

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