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A CrossFit Comeback From Cancer by Chad Hamilton - CrossFit Journal

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December 21, 2011

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Find out how CrossFitter Chad Hamilton fought testicular cancer and is making his recovery. As he underwent chemotherapy, he continued CrossFitting as much as he could and even participated in the fundraiser Barbells for Boobs. Now he’s cancer-free and rebuilding his CrossFit abilities.

Hamilton says his attention to his own health has benefited his recovery.

“It could have been a lot worse if I didn’t treat my body as well as I do,” he says.

He talks about chemotherapy and coming to CrossFit even during his treatment. According to Hamilton, CrossFit helped him get through it.

“If I couldn’t lift a weight, then I had camaraderie of everybody else just taking care of me in that emotional way,” he says.

Now cancer-free, Hamilton is still feeling the effects of chemotherapy, but he’s pushing hard to regain his lost strength and endurance. He’s also setting new goals for himself.

“I just want to compete in the Open, you know, and see how I stack up this soon after chemo,” he says. Hamilton also plans to start a foundation for men diagnosed with male cancers.

9min 31sec

Additional reading: It’s All for the Boobs by Hilary Achauer, published Oct. 25, 2011.

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4 Comments on “A CrossFit Comeback From Cancer”


wrote …

Barbells for Boobs - Barbells for Balls ooorrrr
CrossFit for Cancer??


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Kettlebells for Kojones (yes, I know it's cojones but looks better)!!! Great story, inspirational to say the least. Keep your positive outlook.


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Awesome story Chad, thank you. I am a 7 year survivor of Hodgkin's Lymphoma and with help of crossfit and clean eating am in the best shape of my life. Had 100% normal bloodwork for first time in 7 years 6 mos ago. Told my Dr. that my secret was meat and vegetables. Hahaha


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I am a three-year testicular cancer survivor, and found mine much the same way you did Chad. I remember fighting my way through workouts while going through treatments. It was amazing how doing the simplest movements with little to no weight would wipe me out. But it continually got better once the treatments ended. And now, thanks to Crossfit, I am way better off than I was before cancer. Keep fighting the good fight Chad. The journey is totally worth it!

BTW, I am all for Barbells for Balls! Not sure how you work the prostate cancer in there though.

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