Hey, my friends. Welcome back to Let’s Encourage One Another.
I’m your host, Kari Bartkus, and today I am talking with fitness coach Carmen James about her journey with cancer and how she has—or has not—experienced God through it.
Perhaps you’re a bit taken aback by the combination of the words “cancer” and “fitness coach.” And Carmen was, too. It was never something she thought she would have to face. Yet it was something that came knocking on her door anyway.
Throughout our conversation, Carmen and I talk about things like when others worry about you because you’re sick, the power of prayer and supportive relationships, practical tips on how to walk with a friend through cancer or illness, financial hardships of being sick, and making difficult decisions like whether to continue working.
What you are about to hear is open and raw. Carmen shares details about how she discovered her cancer, what thoughts went through her mind at different parts of the journey, and how she has hope even in the face of what the doctors have called incurable cancer.
If you are currently going through cancer or have a friend going through cancer, I hope Carmen’s vulnerability in sharing her story lets you know that you are not alone, that you can find companionship with her and with those around you. Yet I also understand if this conversation might not be the best thing for you to listen to today. And if that’s the case, I give you to return to it when the time is right.
As always, this is a sacred conversation, my friends. A holy moment where God shows up and lets us know that He is there—even in the pain. Let’s dive into my conversation with Carmen….
Hi, I’m Carmen! I have 35 years of experience in the wellness and fitness industry, am the creator of 2 Fit 2 Quit and Desperately Seeking Healthy & Happy, an online lifestyle and wellness program that helps women lose the physical, mental, and emotional weight to end their relentless battle with the scale, restore their confidence, and live their BEST life. I hold certifications in wellness coaching, personal training, food psychology, and group fitness instruction, and am also a Beachbody Coach. My holistic approach to wellness and fitness creates a uniquely personalized and elevated experience for my clients. Leveraging the tools of technology, I deliver life-changing transformations to ANY client, ANY where—serving women who are desperately seeking to be healthy and happy from all over the country!
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I’d be honored to walk with you through a difficult season and help you discover God’s presence and work in your life.