(MAINNEWS) – Peloton’s Leanne Hainsby has been quietly battling breast cancer since August, she announced on social media Friday.
Hainsby described at length the treatments she’s been receiving after one doctor first dismissed the lump she discovered, sharing that she’s been through 12 weeks of chemotherapy and will begin radiation.
“I would teach my Wednesday morning LIVE classes, and then meet my Mum and go to the treatment suite for my weekly dose (alongside other drugs as part of my treatment plan),” she wrote.
“Chemo is no joke. Cold caps are no joke.”
The British fitness sensation also revealed that she underwent surgery and will have her portacath (a device installed inside the body to dispense treatment) removed next.
“Treatment will continue for a long time for me, hospital visits are the norm, and I focus on one step at a time,” she wrote. “I do feel very fortunate to be having my treatment privately. The nurses and doctors are incredible, and I wouldn’t be here without them.”
Hainsby, 35, also shared that she and her fiancé, fellow Peloton instructor Ben Alldis, had the opportunity to complete one round of IVF prior to her starting chemo.
“We weren’t mentally prepared, but we got it done and we’re so grateful,” she wrote.
Hainsby, who shared photos of herself dressed in the aforementioned cold caps, is hoping that by sharing her diagnosis she’ll be able to spread awareness and encourage others to always go for second opinions.
“I’m nearly 6 months down the line. I’m in fantastic hands, and I’ve got this,” she shared. “Nobody wants to be sat in a room and told they have cancer, and yet I’ve always felt like one of the lucky ones. I am one of the lucky ones.”
The beloved spin instructor concluded her message assuring fans that she “WILL BE OK,” saying she’s more “empowered” than ever.
“You gain a strength you never knew you had, and you keep pushing forward,” she wrote. “Strong, as healthy as possible, and empowered.”
Alldis also shared photos of Hainsby throughout her treatment journey and gushed over her strength and bravery.
“I am so incredibly proud of you @leannehainsby 💙,” he began his message. “You’ve been an absolute inspiration to all of us and have taken every step of this journey so far in your stride, with so much grace and with your head held high.”
He continued, “Here’s to, as you would say, sparkly days ahead and living our healthiest and happiest lives using the countless lessons that this last year has taught us.
“I love you Leanne💙Your shining light on this world is shining brighter than ever✨.”
By Francesca Bacardi