Former Cop Survives Cervical Cancer and Obesity

Among all ethnic and racial groups, Latinas have the highest incidence of cervical cancer. Patti Murillo Casa, diagnosed with the disease in 2009, was given more than 35 radiation treatments as well as chemotherapy to beat back her tumor. Then, as a “cervivor,” she gave herself license to eat as much as she liked, and the pounds started piling on, eventually making her morbidly obese.

Today, cancer free and more than 100 pounds lighter, Casa calls herself a “cancer and obesity survivor.”

In this video by Erica Robinson, learn how the former police officer uses her experiences to help Latinas and other women in the city cope with cervical cancer diagnoses. And, as a fitness instructor, Casa spreads the gospel about exercise and maintaining good health.

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