Need Some Fitspiration? Check Out This Woman's Incredible Transformation.
There's a reason it's called growing pains. Being a teenager is tough. Now imagine learning you've got bone cancer in your legs, and you're only 15? It sounds like a nightmare, but for Dareen Barbar, this was her life and she had to do deal with it. Undergoing treatment can do all kinds of things to your body, and we all know how self-conscious we can be about our looks when we're teens. It seems like we pay more attention to what others think of us than what we think of ourselves. But Dareen didn't really have that luxury at all. She was too busy fighting for her life.
This is 39-year-old Dareen Barba. It's tough to imagine the horrible bumpy road that led her to this.
She looks happy in that photo. She's happily married and has two children. But she didn't always feel great. Other than her amputation, she suffered an accident that changed her life, and made her embrace life and an athletic lifestyle once again.
Dareen's transformation didn't happen overnight but rather four years ago when she broke her hip.
In 2013, she was doing the dishes in the kitchen, when she lost her footing, fell and broke her left hip, which she used to keep her prosthetic leg in check. At that moment, she realized, she needed a huge change to find happiness, all she needed was to believe in herself. She added on her Instagram account, "My hip fracture left me devastated and broken, but I decided to rehabilitate myself, go to the gym and work hard which resulted in losing 25kg in one year!! I realized that I must take a radical decision to change my life and be happy, and invest in myself and in what I have. I am the proof that if you believe in yourself, make a plan and work hard; you will definitely achieve your goals."
While the first setback, (the Big C) set her into a depression, the second one gave her an epiphany.
It's hard to believe that this beautiful woman once doubted herself and had opted for not working out anymore. She's so confident today! It wasn't easy to adopt a healthy athletic lifestyle but in the end it all worked out for the best.
Her fall might have been as bad as the cancer, but it finally woke her up to embrace life.
She claims that she had allowed her body to become so weak that she couldn't even stand to wash dishes. So something had to change, because she wanted to become strong again, and she worked hard to achieve her goal.
It's tough to imagine that Dareen is the same 15-year-old from Lebanon who was thrown a curve ball.
After learning that she had osteogenic sarcoma, Dareen had to undergo chemotherapy, but she had plenty of energy inside of her and was hopeful that she could beat the Big C before it ended her hopes and her future.
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