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.

I Will Never Forget Tour de Pink 2012

  Tour de Pink is hard. Some think it might be too hard … but I think it’s just right. It’s supposed to be hard. Because it’s about proving to yourself that you’re just as strong, if not stronger, than … Continue reading

Categories: Taking my Body Back

Lisa J. Frank

  Lisa Frank — YSC Founding Member, Board President and YSC Tour de Pink® Co-Founder It was 1998; I was 36 and focused on my career as a lawyer. I was enjoying time with friends and having fun dating when I was … Continue reading

“I’ve got this hill … I’ve been training for 8 hours a day for the last 2 days!”

Well, I did it! I needed to prove to myself that cancer had not beaten me … and I did. With the amazing support of friends who rode with me (specifically, Kristin Westbrook and Marcia Donziger who never left my … Continue reading

Categories: Taking my Body Back

This Ride Is Not About Winning

The first of two Tour de Pink rides happening this weekend starts tomorrow, and I can’t tell if I am nervous that it will be too hard, excited for the challenge or anxious to have this behind me … probably … Continue reading

Categories: Taking my Body Back

Staying in the Moment

“The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.” — Buddha All of us have given … Continue reading

Categories: Taking my Body Back

East Coast versus West Coast

I bet if we all took a look at our friends and where they live, we would have people close to us on BOTH coasts … and everywhere in between! Take me for example. I grew up in the Bay … Continue reading

Categories: Taking my Body Back

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

Categories: Taking my Body Back

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

Categories: Taking my Body Back

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

Categories: Taking my Body Back

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

Categories: Taking my Body Back