Breast Cancer Awareness month may be coming to end, but the fight to find a cure is far from over. Black Fitness Today had the privilege of chatting with Yvette Register, a recent breast cancer survivor. The Orlando, Florida resident is committed to spreading the word about the disease, in which African-American women suffer more fatalities than other ethnicities. She is committed to living boldly and not letting her past experience destroy her outlook on the future.
Tell us a little bit about yourself:
I am an entrepreneur, Owner of Yvette L. Register Insurance Agency, Inc. I have a 20 year-old son named Anthony, and I am also a freelance writer and producer.
When were you diagnosed with breast cancer?
February 1, 2011.
What was your treatment like?
It was a horrible experience but my faith in the Lord got me through it. I underwent two surgeries, six rounds of chemotherapy, and 48 rounds of radiation. I lost all of my hair, but not my spirit!
How does health and fitness play a role in your life now, as a cancer survivor?
It is very important, even more so now to me. I try to incorporate regular exercise into my busy schedule and make healthier food choices.
What is your current exercise regimen and favorite healthy foods to eat?
My exercise regimen includes mostly walking now. I really love to juice. The benefits are incredible. I usually just use basic vegetables and fruit. Tastes great!
What advice would you give to the Black Fitness Today family about the importance of regular mammograms and early detection?
Be sure to do breast self exams regularly and get annual mammograms starting at the age of 40. If you have a history of breast cancer in your family you may want to start getting mammograms earlier.
In what ways are you involved in breast cancer awareness?
I enjoy speaking at women’s events and churches. I am also guest speaker for the American Cancer Society. I recently shared my survivor story at the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in Orlando, where there were over 40,000 people in attendance. This weekend, I will be sharing my breast cancer journey at the Orlando Chapter of Sisters Network, Inc. I have also written newspaper articles highlighting my experience.
How can people find out more about you?
Visit my websites – www.dreamoutloudnetwork.com and www.yvetteregister.com. You can read my breast cancer blogs on my dream out loud website search through the blog page. They will give you more information about my journey.