Cancer survivor helps others find their strength

Sondra Hilton Boney
Sondra Hilton Boney

D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) - The road Sondra Hilton Boney has traveled in life, hasn't been an easy one. In 2009 she was diagnosed with bilateral breast cancer. She had a double mastectomy that same year. It was at that point, a dismal future seemed to be in sharp focus.

"After I had the mastectomy, I felt like I lost a part of me. I felt like I was weak and sort of broken," Boney said.

But those broken pieces didn't stay that way for long. Boney's life changed when a friend introduced her to Crossfit. An intensive workout that helped her maneuver around the obstacles in her life. Coming out stronger than she was before.

"Overall I feel like I've come a long way. It's helped me tremendously in my physical abilities, but also mentally. It gave me back something. My self-esteem and things that I thought I had lost. I'm able to do things that I never thought I'd be able to do before," Boney said.

Coming here and having a support system has been good for her, Crossfit co-owner Stephen Campbell said.

"She is working out and getting stronger, getting her immune system built up," Campbell said.

Boney said for her, Crossfit has been much more than a gym. It's an extended family. Their support in helping in the battle against breast cancer is just one example of that.

"Everybody that comes to our gym, they're in the Crossfit family. Whatever it is they're here for, whether it be fitness or otherwise, we work with them. Any fundraiser's they're involved in, we're more than happy to get involved with," Campbell said.

Boney is grateful for the support she's received from her gym.

"It's tremendous. It really touched my heart. Two things that are really important to me are breast cancer and Crossfit. Now the two can come together and that has really touched my heart," Boney said.

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