Hi there! My name is Elyse, and I’m 23 years old. I’m a certified personal trainer (through NASM) and I am in my last year of undergraduate studies in pre-physical therapy at East Stroudsburg University. I love to find ways to improve my quality of life, such as healthy foods and exercising often.
In December 2012, I was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma. I finished 6 months of chemotherapy in June 2013 and had 3 weeks of radiation in the fall of that yera as well. Chemo has by far been the most difficult thing I’ve had to deal with in my short young adult life. It has, however, also changed my overall outlook. Life has become more fragile to me – so I won’t waste another second of it giving my body anything less than the best. I’ve become incredibly positive and upbeat, and determined to keep moving forward. I have an even greater appreciation for the gift that my life is and I will, without a doubt, make my life the best it can possibly be.
All was well and good..until I was rediagnosed in February 2015. I had 3 intense cycles of chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant. I was immunocompromised for about 3 months and had to be on a low microbial diet and wear a mask and gloves out in public. It was one of the more difficult experiences in my life so far, but has guided me in my personal life and academic career.
My hobbies include lifting weights, cooking, organizing, studying/learning, teaching others, DIY crafts, being active, and binging my favorite Netflix and Hulu shows with my S.O. :)