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SOUL INSPIRATION

How SOUL Supported Jenn Mohr During Her Double Mastectomy

fter taking a gene test and coming back positive for the BARD 1 gene, rockstar JENN MOHR decided to have a preventative double mastectomy. She shares how the pack gave her the strength to follow through on her decision and take control of her life on her terms…




How did you first hear about SoulCycle?

A friend in NYC told me it was the best workout she ever did and how much fun it was.

Describe your first ride.

I went with my boyfriend to the Malibu location. We both were hooked immediately. We actually looked at each other and smiled and said how amazing it was. I was literally on a high all day after my first ride.

How did you decide to get genetic testing? Did you have a family history of cancer?

I have a history of breast cancer in my family. On top of that, my mother was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, although she had no idea she had it until she went for a routine hysterectomy — and there it was. She went through treatment, recovered and is in remission.

Wow, that’s amazing. We’re so glad she’s in remission now!

I knew about the test and made the decision to finally do it when I moved to LA; my ob-gyn also pushed for me to do it. I tested positive for the BARD1 Gene. It's in the family of the BRCA Gene (which Angelina Jolie put into the spotlight). So I made the decision to have a preventative double mastectomy.

You decided to "train" for your double mastectomy at SOUL. Tell us about that.

I decided the more fit I could be the recovery process would be easier. By booking more classes, not only did I lose weight, tighten my core and get stronger, but clipping in helped with the stress and anxiety. I shared my news with my favorite instructor, Franz Garcia-Chon. He was amazing, we agreed to share in class the importance of getting tested if you have a history of breast cancer in your family and really made me feel strong, empowered and supported in class.

Has anything changed for you since you began riding at SOUL, physically or emotionally?

I'm as fit as I've ever been, I look forward to each class - especially Franz’s. He is so motivating and so funny I literally laugh out loud on the bike as I'm fighting to turn it up and climb those hills. I fell in love with the staff in Malibu - or, to describe them in one word, family. So to sum it up, I feel lighter, happier and stronger since I found SoulCycle.

You had a double mastectomy just a few weeks ago. How are you healing and what's next for you?

I am recovering well. My dream team of doctors have all said I am doing exceptionally well. I credit part of that to riding and eating really healthy prior to my surgery.

Are there any personal or instructor mantras that you've turned to as you heal?

Franz has sent me so many amazing personal messages. Here’s a quote:

"We are not afraid, although we know there's much to fear."

He told me, “Jenn before you go into surgery, just want to say how brave you are and how proud I am of you. Honored to have been a part of this journey.”

He also played a song in class the day of my surgery and he said everyone cheered. He made me feel so loved and supported.

Which word in the mantra -- Athlete, Legend, Warrior, Renegade or Rockstar -- best describes you and why?

Warrior. I had no fear. I got educated, made a decision and went for it. All in. No fear.

What’s your favorite song to ride to?

“Can't Feel My Face” by The Weeknd.

Tell us about your home studio. What does it mean to you?

I have just recently began riding at the Calabasas studio and once I am cleared to ride again I can't wait to get back and connect with the new team there. Everyone always has a huge smile on their face when you walk in and it just lights me up… and give Franz a giant hug!

If you had to describe SoulCycle in one word, what would it be and why?

Fulfilling. I walk out of class feeling like I really accomplished a great workout, happy, and motivated.

What advice do you have for other women with a family history of breast cancer or considering genetic testing?

Go get tested. If it comes back positive, a preventative double mastectomy is far easier to handle than a diagnosis of breast cancer. It will reduce your risk and save your life. That is why I chose to take control on my terms, not wait for something to happen.

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Article by Jenn Mohr
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