Meet Diane Tappa! Diane (69) has been married to her husband, Chuck, for 48 years. They are blessed with three children and seven grandchildren who keep their life full and happy.
Diane has been a member at Bellin Health Fitness for over 30 years…now that’s true loyalty and dedication! She started at our old Webster Street location when her husband’s company offered a free fitness membership as a company perk.
Her motivation to begin her fitness journey was needing something to fill her day and to stay physically and mentally fit. She still feels the same to this very day and obviously it has worked for many years. Diane also stays active doing lots of volunteer work in her church and community which she enjoys doing with her husband.
Over the years, Diane only had to deal with minor obstacles to overcome. Whenever she had a question or concern she went to Jim Beversdorf, Corrective Exercise Specialist for an answer and/or solution. However, her story changed in July when she went for her annual mammogram and they found a small lump. Thankfully it was early stage and after her lumpectomy, the treatment was minimal with only radiation and three and half months of “jumping through the hoops” as her doctor called it.
Being a part of the Bellin Health Fitness family has helped Diane tremendously! She mostly loves going to the 8 a.m. group fitness classes but has gone to many others as well. She has met so many wonderful people in class and goes out of her way to always make new class participants feel welcome. In addition to classes, Diane has also included working one-on-one with certified Personal Trainers, Eydie Strand and Abbey Sigl to add more variety to her workouts.
Believe it or not, Diane’s life hasn’t changed much in 30 years. Regardless of her cancer diagnosis, Diane never skipped a beat. She continued working out and keeping busy through it all. Her care team said that her amazingly quick recovery and even the slow growth of the cancer was most likely due to her being in great physical health. The one thing that did change was her outlook on life…especially her family and friends. She always felt support from her family but going through this cancer scare has brought them even closer. She also said that the pouring out of love and concern from her friends was amazing to her.
The thought that got Diane through it all was, “Lord, take this mess and turn it into a message.” She has shared her story with her family, friends and class participants in hopes that the message is, “Get regular checkups, work through it and don’t give up!”