Judy Green, 73, of Okemos, is a breast cancer survivor who has found a passion for fitness. Green, along with her husband, Ron, work out regularly at the University Club at Michigan State University. She credits her workouts to being part of her healing process, and learned they were an inspiration to others.
“In March of 2015 I was diagnosed with bi-lateral breast cancer.,” she said. “My course of treatment lasted 10 months. I had chemo, surgery and six weeks of radiation. Needless to say, I was wiped out at times. But, when I could make it to the club, even if I did 10 minutes of something, it made me feel better about myself and I connected with my friends. A side benefit of me showing up in my wig, and very thin, was the hope I gave to others. I didn’t realize the positive impact I would have on others, especially people I didn’t even know.”
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Green said her fitness, and health, were strong before being diagnosed with cancer. She said that helped her recovery as well.
“The trainers and doctors felt I came through everything so well because I was physically fit to begin with,” she said. “I agree with them. Exercise was and still is so important for my healing and well-being.”
Since the mid-1970s Green has volunteered at Sparrow Hospital, and has served on the Sparrow Foundation Board of Directors. She also volunteers at her church and enjoys traveling with Ron.
“We enjoy architecture and have seen many of Frank Lloyd Wright’s buildings and houses,” she said. “We also love to explore college campuses in other states. Golf is our game, so we play frequently. We also enjoy the theater, college classes, lectures and some good jazz.” Learn more about Green on page 20.