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