Kelly Bartoletti lived what most people would consider a healthy lifestyle. "I didn't smoke or drink, I exercised and I thought I ate well," says Kelly, 53. But after her diagnosis in May 2010 with stage 2B estrogen-positive breast cancer, followed by a double mastectomy, chemo and radiation, she was determined to learn more about how lifestyle choices, and nutrition in particular, influence cancer.
That curiosity led to a whole new career for Kelly. She left her corporate job to become a wellness coach. "I want to inspire others whose lives have been turned upside down by cancer and help them get through this and live long, healthy lives," she says.
After learning about how food choices impact health, she educates others about how important it is to eat well, advocating for a largely organic, pesticide-free diet of whole foods and nutritional shakes.
"I received very little education throughout my ordeal on nutrition, so I set out to learn as much as I could," she says. "I learned how the body works – how it heals itself from disease and how nutrition and exercise play such a big roll."
Kelly credits her doctors, family and friends with helping her become what she calls Breast Cancer Victorious. "My husband is an amazing man who was by my side every step of the way," she says. Her friends and her five grown children also provided her with tremendous support--including her daughter who was deployed in Afghanistan during her treatment. Says the proud mother, “It broke her heart that she wasn't here with me, but knowing the battles she was facing so bravely every day gave me strength."