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Cancer Taught Me: Jackie’s Story

I live bravely by staying fit. I do that by doing CrossFit at CrossFit Lewes. CrossFit is constantly varied functional movements performed at relatively high intensity. I started when I was 62 years old when I would have to stop and breathe before I could walk up stairs.

Now, at nearly 66, I am in great physical and mental shape. I have done things I never thought I could do, slowly at first but I still did them. I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015 at age 65, for the second time. I had 16 sessions of radiation. Once I recovered, I exercised
hard. I wanted to be in the best shape to battle it.

I like to say, ‘It’s a good sore,’ because I feel good when I work out. It was a jolt when I was diagnosed again, but I want to be able to do things with my grandkids. I have a lot of life left in me.

-Jackie Shockley, breast cancer survivor

Cancer Taught Me

Cancer Taught Me

Cancer Taught Me explores the stories of patients who received treatment at Beebe's Tunnell Cancer Center. The stories are in their own words.