D'FYNE Fitness Magazine Winter 2019 - Page 96

HEALTH t r a e h story My F or most people, Febru- ary is all about candy hearts, dinner reser- vations, and finding a sitter so you can finally enjoy a night out. But for me, it has a much deeper meaning. Six years ago, in February, my life changed forever. Every year since, I’ve felt it is my higher pur- pose to inform women about the importance of listening to their bodies. I mean really listen. I’d like to start by saying that I am grateful for what happened to me. I know I am extremely lucky to be here and don’t take any of this lightly. My life’s path is not to scare you with the re- ality of what could happen, but rather to share my story because I am just like you. 96 D’FYNE - Winter 2019 Lead- ing up to all this, I had spent the majority of my career as a health and fitness advocate—most notably as the editor-in-chief of Oxygen magazine. My personal and professional world revolved around cover shoots, celebrity interviews, fitness competitions, model searches, and providing some of the best information on overall wellness. In a nutshell, my job was to advise readers on eating clean, training, and competing. Little did I know that my own well-being was slowly deteriorat- -up How a wake ged n a h c 9 3 t a l cal ver. e r o f e if l y m E BROWN Y KERRIE LE B N E T T IT R W PAUL SEWIT PHOTOS BY ing from stress. However, I still forged ahead as most women do. After 10 years at the helm of fitness pub- lications, I moved on to the executive editor role at Today’s Parent. My focus quickly turned from workouts and meal plans