Category Archives: Taking my Body Back

Diagnosed with breast cancer at age 36 in 2010, Jennifer Merschdorf chronicles her “new normal” while training for the YSC Tour de Pink rides to take her body back from cancer. You will also find posts on body image, sexuality and other topics unique to young women with breast cancer.

TdP East Coast is 6 Weeks Away!

Tour de Pink East Coast is six weeks away. When I decided to ride TdP last fall, I was so weak from all my surgeries the year before that I was not able to walk up a flight of stairs … Continue reading

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You Want Me to Eat THAT???!!!

“What in the world are we supposed to eat while we train to ride 200 miles?” I’ve heard this question time and again from the many women I know who are doing Tour de Pink for the first time to … Continue reading

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Cycling Can Be Beautiful

As a new rider just at the door of the house we call cycling, I currently only have one cycling outfit. This is an issue since I’ll be riding for three days in a row for Tour de Pink. Obviously, … Continue reading

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Car Back!

Have you ever driven past a large group of cyclists and wondered about the chaos that must be involved in keeping so many people together while juggling traffic lights, moving cars and hills … all while staying together? I have. … Continue reading

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Do I Really Need To Fall?

So, I have a couple rides under my belt — but that’s nothing to get cocky about. What I don’t have under my belt is my first fall. I’m still struggling with how to shift gears without making that awful … Continue reading

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My Very Own Bike!

Do you ever think about those days when you knew your life changed forever? I’ve had a lot of them since being diagnosed with breast cancer at age 36. However, they were completely different from the day I received my … Continue reading

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No Way Am I Wearing Those!

Riding a bike from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C., or from Thousand Oaks to Foothill Ranch in Southern California? How hard can it be? I registered for both YSC Tour de Pink three-day East and West Coast rides without owning a … Continue reading

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It’s All In The Name

My first task in making my fantasy to do a three-day bike ride from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C., a reality was to come up with a name for my YSC Tour de Pink team. As some people know, the elephant … Continue reading

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Hitting the Five-Mile Mark

The first day I sat on the stationary bike at the gym I thought to myself, “Imagine how cool it would be if I could ride five miles on this thing.” And, I was serious … that would be so … Continue reading

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Dream Big

The only place I still feel young and “normal” is in my dreams. This is the best way I feel I can describe my experience with breast cancer as a young woman. Every morning as I wake up and remember … Continue reading

Categories: Taking my Body Back