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 The Story of 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

 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
Cindy Chafin, M.Ed., MCHES® serves as editor-in-chief of Unconditionally Her. Through her many years as a masters-level certified health educator and 18-year employment in a higher education setting – as well as several years as a graduate and doctoral student – she has written countless articles, essays, publications, grant applications, proposals, reports, and other technical and creative writing documents. In addition to her training and professional work experience, she spent four years as volunteer editor of New Focus Daily, a publication of the Women Survivors Alliance, a national women cancer survivors-focused organization based in Nashville, Tennessee.
While serving as editor of Unconditionally Her, a women-focused magazine which provides content on anything from recipes, travel, books, and everything in between, she has a special interest in fitness, health, and well-being. She is certified by the National Commission on Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC) and was part of the first cohort to receive master's level designation. NCHEC certifies health education specialists, promotes professional development, and strengthens professional preparation and practice. She is proud to be a CHES® and has been a public health professional for many years after receiving her graduate degree in health promotion and education from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. She was a personal trainer and group fitness instructor for many years and looks forward to re-engaging with women one-on-one as a health coach pending completion of her certification and doctoral degree to supplement her public health and academic work.

She currently is the Associate Director for Community Programs 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 and served as interim director from 2015-2018. 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 Unconditionally Her and other non-profit and charity organizations. She is pleased to promote empowerment and confidence of women readers across the globe, and to provide inspiration, motivation, and voice for social change through her role as editor-in-chief of Unconditionally Her.

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