The Story of Alexa Shoaff

 

Alexa Shoaff

I was 15 I was diagnosed with stage 2B ovarian cancer after getting both ovaries taken out the lack of horomones made my eating habits go crazy and I ate everything insight. Fast forward 6 years, I finally had enough of being the “bigger girl” and so I made a commitment to myself to get healthier.

Shortly after my lifestyle change I received word from Heather Hall about the National Women’s Survivor Convention (now SURVIVORville) where she told me about the 5K that was to be held on the Saturday of the convention. About 8 weeks before I left for Nashville I began the C25K app which takes you from “the couch” to running a 5K. The Celebrate Survivor 5K was the very first 5K and race that I ran in, when I took part in this race I had lost about 39 pounds.

After leaving Nashville, I continued to run and eat healthy I ran in a couple more 5K’s along with a 10K. In 2015, I am training to run in a half marathon that will take place in September. Currently, I have lost a little over 75 pounds and I am very thankful for my opportunity  to take place in the Celebrate Survivor 5K that definitely marked the start of my running lifestyle.

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Cindy Chafin, M.Ed., MCHES serves as project director for the Women Survivors Alliance and NOU magazine. Cindy is masters-level certified in health education by the National Commission on Health Education Credentialing and was part of the first cohort to receive master's level designation. She has been a public health professional for many years after receiving her degree in health promotion and education from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.

Cindy has been involved in multiple cancer activities and projects since 2000, including serving as the state coalition coordinator for Tennessee for 13 years, and currently is involved with several cancer organizations. She has served since October 2015 as interim director for the Center for Health and Human Services at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, located just outside of Nashville, where she has been a project director of multiple grants since 2002. She has been touched by cancer personally after seeing both family and friends alike suffer from the disease.

Cindy offers her consulting services and volunteer hours under the umbrella of Community Health Collaboratives, LLC which she founded in 2002 for organizations such as the Women Survivors Alliance and other non-profit and charity organizations. She is pleased to partner with NOU and WSA.

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Cindy Chafin, M.Ed., MCHES serves as project director for the Women Survivors Alliance and NOU magazine. Cindy is masters-level certified in health education by the National Commission on Health Education Credentialing and was part of the first cohort to receive master's level designation. She has been a public health professional for many years after receiving her degree in health promotion and education from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. Cindy has been involved in multiple cancer activities and projects since 2000, including serving as the state coalition coordinator for Tennessee for 13 years, and currently is involved with several cancer organizations. She has served since October 2015 as interim director for the Center for Health and Human Services at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, located just outside of Nashville, where she has been a project director of multiple grants since 2002. She has been touched by cancer personally after seeing both family and friends alike suffer from the disease. Cindy offers her consulting services and volunteer hours under the umbrella of Community Health Collaboratives, LLC which she founded in 2002 for organizations such as the Women Survivors Alliance and other non-profit and charity organizations. She is pleased to partner with NOU and WSA.

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