Grabbing Life By the Throat: Dezi Slusher on taking back her health

I found this story in one of my favourite Australian fitness magazines and thought it would make a terrific #MondayMotivation post.

Deziree Carmen Slusher, an inspirational cancer survivor, took back her health — and her life — with the power of fitness.

So says Deziree, who faced a terrifying wake-up call after years of devastating dietary habits: stage III throat cancer.

She had spent 14 years as an emotional eater, binge eating and drinking and was eventually diagnosed with diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Dezi said that at the time she wasn’t ready to change, so she took her prescribed medication and continued the bad habits.

In 2012, reality hit with a thud when during a checkup, a lump was discovered in her throat. The lump was successfully removed but Dezi was still overweight and decided that it was time to get serious.

The following year she made some huge lifestyle changes and gave herself 12 weeks to turn herself around. In one year, she lost 60 pounds and was in the best condition of her life.


Read more of Dezi’s story on Oxygen Magazine and keep up with Dezi’s fitness journey on

Congratulations Dezi!


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