On a total whim I applied for the new ABC daytime show The Revolution. Have you seen it? It’s hosted by Ty Pennington (Extreme Home Makeover), celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak, therapist and relationship expert Dr. Tiffanie Davis Henry, women’s health expert Dr. Jennifer Ashton, and “Make it Work” style-guru Tim Gunn (Project Runway). I never expected to hear from them, but guess what? Yep, they called.
I couldn’t believe it myself when I got the voicemail from one of the casting directors. OMG, OMG, OMG! I even debated not calling back because I was afraid of the possibility of actually being chosen. I think I initially applied because I thought they’d never call. But, there I sat on the floor of my bedroom texting back and forth with a girlfriend who said I had to call back immediately! Peer pressure (and loving support) never hurts.
After a ten minute phone call with Amy, I found myself with an appointment for an on-camera interview the very next morning at their production offices. What?!
If you haven’t seen the show yet, they introduce you to a woman on Monday and show her progress over the course of the week. A week’s worth of footage is actually five months of filming. The women are looking to revolutionize their lives. Most – if not all, so far – have weight loss goals coupled with other issues that may or may not be keeping them from achieving those goals on their own. My favorite has been Mercedes Ramirez Johnson from Texas. She survived an airplane crash years ago that also killed her parents. She’s lived with survivor’s guilt and severe injuries which had made exercising difficult. I was in awe of this woman. She’s a motivational speaker who shares her story and teaches her audience how to overcome life’s obstacles. This chick is a real hero.
Oh, the weight thing. They are looking for women who need to lose 50-100 lbs. While I don’t have that much to lose (thankfully), I think what they liked was my story. A full time SAHM turned cancer patient turned survivor. Amy told me she liked my spirit and my positive outlook on life (she caught me on a good day!). And while I thought her words “weight loss is a life or death situation for you, isn’t it?” was a bit dramatic at first, I think now this statement might forever sit with me.
Everyone knows – well, maybe everyone knows – that breast cancer survivors have a better chance at staying cancer-free with a healthy diet, exercise, and a low BMI. My specific cancer – ER/PR+ – is fueled by estrogen. Though I don’t have any ovaries that produce estrogen, I do have LOTS of fat and that’s estrogen’s favorite hang out. And my cancer cells love estrogen. I’m allowing breast cancer to metastasize if it decides to do so. I’ve created the environment within my body for estrogen and cancer cells to have a crazy party. If my cancer comes back, it’s on me. It’s my fault this time.
Come back on Friday and I’ll fill you in on my experience on the casting couch and what is required of me next!