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Who Wouldn’t Want this Girl?

February 8, 2012

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.

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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?!

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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.

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Come back on Friday and I’ll fill you in on my experience on the casting couch and what is required of me next!

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{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

Carolyn West February 8, 2012 at 10:52 am

I’m so excited for you. What a great opportunity. I’d love to see you on the show.

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Jennifer February 8, 2012 at 12:22 pm

{squeeeee!!!!!!} That is completely exciting. Plus? You might get to smell Tim Gunn. He looks like he smells nice.

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Jessica February 8, 2012 at 1:32 pm

Good luck! Such a cool opportunity.

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Cheryl @ Mommypants February 8, 2012 at 2:08 pm

Oooh…the casting couch….

xo

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Denise February 8, 2012 at 2:17 pm

OMG Wendy, that is so cool!! I agree with Carolyn, I would love to see you on the show.
Good luck.

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Megan February 8, 2012 at 2:45 pm

I could stand to lose 50- that would be an incredible experience to do! best wishes on the future meetings, and what a great way to motivate yourself AND others!

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Sara @ Periwinkle Papillon February 8, 2012 at 5:02 pm

They MUST pick you, they MUST!!!

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Leslie February 8, 2012 at 5:04 pm

That is so exciting! I am so glad you decided to call back. Even though you may not realize it, you are an inspiration to us all, and to me, that makes you good even TV for The Revolution! Good luck! I hope you get “revolutionized” into exactly the Wendy you want to be!

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Ashley @ it's fitting February 8, 2012 at 5:51 pm

This is so freaking awesome!! They have to pick you!

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Mom February 9, 2012 at 3:33 am

I think that is so wonderful and what an adventure for you. Please let us know if you are chosen because I’m still upset with ABC for taking off my Soap of 44 years of dedicated watching in this time period and if you appear than it’s a must look. Otherwise I’ll stick to DR. OZ who is so good!

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Heather February 9, 2012 at 11:23 pm

What a fun opportunity! Seriously. I am soo excited for you… they have to pick you. I can’t wait to hear more!!!

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Miya Goodrich-Phillips February 12, 2012 at 10:45 am

Hi Wendy!! This is very exciting!! I will totally watch if you are on the show, :) I’ll keep checking for updates! XOXOXO

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PinkKitchen (@PinkKitchen) February 14, 2012 at 8:13 am

WOW!!! This is super-exciting! And also, I think, an encouraging validation that your choice to pursue a healthy lifestyle is the way to go :)

You’ve inspired me to gather my courage and apply for The Next Food Network Star…maybe…

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Dee Anne February 14, 2012 at 9:54 am

Can’t say ‘beyond awesome’ strong enough, but, BEYOND AWESOME!! So excited for you Wendy. Will be sure to follow your story! Woot! Woot!

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Mercedes R. Johnson May 21, 2012 at 11:46 am

Thanks so much Wendy for your kind words!!

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