Monday, October 26, 2015

ZINspiration Monday with Diana, #PartyInPink Edition!

Diana is truly a warrior, overcoming a breast cancer diagnosis and aggressive treatment. This Breast Cancer Awareness month, we celebrate women and men like Diana who both raise awareness about this difficult disease and inspire us to be healthy and strong. Here's Diana's story.

I'm originally from Orlando, Florida and now live in Maryland. I have taught Zumba since 2008, getting licensed in all formats and as a certified instructor through AFAA.
In 2009 I was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer and had to stop teaching for 6 months to recover. I was left with one breast and had 10 rounds of chemo and 30 rounds of radiation. It was rough, but I was totally focused on getting back to Zumba the whole time! My students and ZIN friends kept me motivated by sending me songs and choreo ideas throughout my treatment.
Now, I am a very healthy person... conscious of what I put in my body and exercising all of time. I am going through reconstruction surgeries, which lead me to remove the breast I had left and reconstruct them both.  
Becoming a cancer survivor has allowed be to give back in indescribable ways and I love inspiring others. ZHO asked me to work on their Party In Pink campaign and I even became an avatar in their video game! In 2013, I was given the Zumba Fitness Inspiration award. All I can say is, God is amazing and allows me to inspire and help others every day. 
The advice I have for others is to keep a positive mindset at all times, no matter what. Happiness keeps the soul alive!


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