The “C” word is never an easy diagnosis to comprehend. And, for Pure Barre Portland Lloyd owner Stephanie Richen, her breast cancer diagnosis in October 2015 was nothing short of shocking. At just 33, her studio had only been open for less than 1 year, so her attention was focused on running and growing her business.
When she got the news that she had breast cancer, she was about to teach a class. “I thought maybe they switched the biopsies and got it mixed up with someone else.” Breast cancer didn’t run in her family, so she was surprised to hear the news. Throughout her cancer treatment one thing has been her lifeline–Pure Barre.
Stephanie continued to take and teach classes as much as her body would allow her to–even if that meant leaving halfway through class. “If you have something to get up and go do in the morning, even if you’re struggling through it for an hour, it changes everything.” The cancer treatment was hard on her bones, but the low impact exercise that Pure Barre provides helped her maintain strength and keep her endorphins high.
One of her biggest reasons for pushing through? Her Pure Barre family at the Portland Lloyd studio. “These women have so many things going on in their lives–a lot of things we don’t even know about. They’re strong, they’re coming in, they’re doing it.” All the more reason she continued to tell herself, “I can do this.”
Watch the clip of Stephanie’s interview with KOIN6 in Portland below:
Original story featured on KOIN.