Buddy Check 25: Head down, charge forward, and fight

By WEEK Producer

Buddy Check 25: Head down, charge forward, and fight

March 1, 2012 Updated Mar 1, 2012 at 4:17 PM CDT


It's moments like these that Amy Bjornstad says she'll never take for granted again.

A nice jog with her 9-year-old son Cooper brings her joy, but the road to good health hasn't come easy.

"I've just been healthy and happy and that's it," said Bjornstad. "I was very young, very healthy. They were all pretty sure it was a cyst."

Amy was just 29-years-old, the mother of a toddler, when doctors told her she had stage three breast cancer.

"Head down, charge forward and fight this," recalled Bjornstad.

She started chemo two weeks later, followed by a bi-lateral mastectomy, reconstruction, radiation and 5 years of hormone therapy.

"I wanted to be as aggressive as I could be. I wasn't worried. I didn't feel like I was less of a woman, you know," said Bjornstad.  "I felt I was less of a woman if I couldn't lift him up out of his crib, you know. He was just a baby. So our focus was just about preserving my life so that I could be part of his."

And by her side all the way was her husband Brody.

"We'd been married three years and you make these promises for better for worse, in sickness and in health and you don't expect that three years in your going to have to cash in on that."

Now 37- years-old and an 8-year survivor, Amy said breast cancer helped her feel proud of her body. She became a certified personal trainer.

"I just try to go into the gym every day and make people remember to live in the moment and be proud of what they're doing right now," she said.

So, look out for Amy at the Komen Peoria Race for the Cure in May. She plans to be the first survivor across the finish line.

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