Episode 11 – Darcey Wion: Hodgkins Lymphoma survivor, Women’s Health cover fitness
Darcey Wion is a trainer at System of Strength, an incredible gym and community in Columbus Ohio. In this episode, we chat about Darcey’s journey from being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma fresh out of college, to now being the on the cover of women’s health magazine. Darcey gives an incredibly honest and refreshing insight into what her treatment looked like, how her chemotherapy worked, along with some of the brutal side effects that she still struggles over 7 years later. Darcey also talks about feeling guilt as a younger patient, the value of having a strong support system and things such as losing her hair as a young woman. We also talk about how brutal Carella’s classes are at SOS. I can’t thank Darcey enough for her honesty and vulnerability in this interview, I think it will help a lot of people as a result.
Most importantly, Darcey is the finalist for Women's Health Next Fitness Star. The winner is selected based on votes and I can't think of anyone more deserving. You have unlimited votes from now until August 4th so please go to the link below, vote, refresh, vote, refresh and repeat as many times as necessary.
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1:03 Darcey’s Background and personal experience with exercise prior to treatment
4:33 Diagnosis of Hodgkin’s lymphoma and the month between diagnosis and treatment
9:03 First experience with chemotherapy
12:03 Feeling guilt as a cancer patient
13:03 How a session of chemotherapy looks
14:33 The aftermath and side effects of a chemo session
17:33 Exercise during treatment
21:03 Her experience with Exercise and Nutrition advice from oncologists/physicians
25:33 The tail end of treatment // Radiation
29:03 Finding her new normal and dealing with side effects post-treatment
31:33 Getting back her level of fitness while dealing with the side effects
34:33 What Darcey is currently doing
38:03 Being on the cover of Women’s Health
40:03 What is System of Strength about
43:03 Darcey’s advice for cancer patients