Bodybuilder Notices One Hand Swelling, But Doctor Tells Her It’s Not An Allergic Reaction

by Johanna Silver
Johanna is a writer who lives, works, and volunteers in New York.

When you receive bad and potentially life-threatening news, it can feel like your world is forever changed and that you’ll never again have a proper hold on life as you knew it.

Despite getting horrible news about her health, 23-year-old Alexis Mercer was determined to keep her life as balanced as possible by continuing to do what she loved. 

An adamant bodybuilder, she had a rigid gym regimen and regularly participated in competitions.

One day, while she was on a boating trip with her family, she noticed that her left hand had swelled and was slightly discolored, so she made an appointment with her doctor, who had to deliver the terrible news.

She had Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and the tumor on her chest was constricting blood flow, causing her hand to swell. 

The news was surely no small pill to swallow, but she was still determined to keep up with her workout regimen as much as she could.

“Being at the gym and working out — that’s one of my top priorities,” she said to Inside Edition. “I consulted with my doctor as soon as I found out about the cancer and she gave me the go-ahead.”

She continued her time at the gym and worked out past her chemo treatments, ever eager to get back to competing and the life she had before.

Her story is an inspiring reminder to pursue what you love doing, even in the face of adversity.

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