Hi, I am Lesley, and in the Spring of 2009 I was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer when I was only 41 years old. I was the first person in my family to be diagnosed with breast cancer, so to say I did not see that coming would be an understatement.
I had an excellent medical team that was very progressive, and I was also found to have the BRCA2 gene early in the discovery of the genetic mutations.
I fought to save my life, but what life did I have now? I was a shadow of my former self.
Following my cancer treatments, which included chemotherapy, surgeries, and radiation, I was struggling with regaining my pre-cancer self. I heard of this “new normal” but no one prepared me for the life-changing collateral damage of a major illness.
I struggled to get my life back after treatment. Feeling “normal” again after cancer treatment is something that is not talked about much. I fought to save my life and many days struggled with a myriad of “after effects” of the very treatment that had saved my life.
My focus and the focus of Ultimate Vitality is to guide you to a healthier and more vital you. I focus primarily on cancer survivors, but anyone who has been through a life event that has had an impact on the quality of life you have after a major illness, accident, or trauma can benefit from my experience.
My goal, first and foremost, is to let you know you are not alone on this journey. I want to save you some of the time and challenges I encountered on my journey. You CAN do this, you CAN regain YOU!
WHO ARE WE?
When I was diagnosed in 2009, Mark was my boyfriend and was an RN at a cancer center. He had just helped a close family member of mine go through chemotherapy. Little did I know less than 2 years into our relationship that I too would need that help.
WHY IS MY STORY DIFFERENT?
Many people trying to guide people post-cancer are not the survivor themselves. This is our raw and real first-person account of our journey, experience, and knowledge acquired after almost 10 years of pursuing Ultimate Vitality after initial diagnosis and treatment.
I have always been a big believer in homeopathic treatments, so it was only natural that I sought the advice of a Naturopath after receiving my diagnosis, so we could pursue an integrative approach to support me through my chemotherapy.
You can subscribe to my blog if you are interested in my detailed cancer journey and on-going challenges, losses, and victories; thriving after cancer.
I was fortunate to have a Naturopath in my area that was herself a breast cancer survivor and was treated at the cancer center where Mark worked, and I wanted to be treated. She had already researched what supplements could be taken prior to a chemotherapy infusion, during treatments, and after treatments and cleared it with the same Oncologist I was seeing.
WHY TRUST US?
I suppose it would be nice if I could say I was a textbook case, and everything went according to a plan and went back to exactly where it was before my diagnosis, but if that were the case, we would not be here today. I have had about as many twists and turns as a person can have. It has not been easy. I have had over 12 surgeries in 7 years. I have had setbacks and disappointments. I had a significant recurrence scare in 2017.
These are the reasons that in May 2010, Ultimate Vitality LLC was born and began selling vitamins, supplements and health and wellness products to friends and on the internet. We had a vision to be able to provide convenient, affordable access to quality nutritional and wellness supplements.
Don’t misunderstand me, I am forever in a state of gratitude for every single day I wake up breathing. My medical team did exactly what they were supposed to do, save my life. I just wished someone had handed me a manual on what to do after cancer.
WHAT ARE WE HERE FOR?
Since there is no manual for what to do after cancer and cancer unfortunately touches so many lives, I decided in 2017 to go back to school and back to my passion, to share my tips, tricks, hacks, and experiences with any person who has lost themselves, for whatever reason, and help pave the path to Ultimate Vitality, and back to you.
It is my firm belief that the quality of your day to day life is directly connected to the food you eat.
This is what I am NOT here for – I do not claim to cure cancer, stop a recurrence, nor do I attempt to interfere with a person’s medical team when they are undergoing current treatment. I do not offer a one size fits all solution, snake oil, or a miracle pill. #sorrynotsorry
I am here to help you once your medical team has completed their work. I pick up where they left off. I can, through nutritional advice, give you the best tools to give YOUR BODY the best chance it can have to avoid a disease state. Our bodies have an amazing capacity to heal, it is what they were made to do.
HOW CAN WE HELP YOU?
We keep everything simple and real. There is so much information and “noise” out there in the nutrition and wellness space. I am going to use everyday words and examples to help you understand what you need to know.
We want to meet you where you are. We can tell you all day long to eat more leafy green veggies and dark berries, but nutrition needs to be something that fits in to your lifestyle, budget, schedule, etc. We will guide you on your path without you needing to get a PhD in nutrition, and leave you feeling like you have mad nutrition hacking skills you can put to use in everyday scenarios to harness your Ultimate Vitality.
We guarantee all of our products with a 30-day money back guarantee and want to be the trusted source for all of your supplement needs.