Holubout the Holubs
Hello friends! My name is Sofia Holub. I am a cancer survivor, a survivorship expert, and a lover of people. I am here to help the world understand cancer from the perspective of a survivor, and to facilitate the coming together of other cancer survivors so we can draw from each others experiences. I am going to help survivors learn to embrace our new normal, and to love exactly who we are—despite the affects of cancer—by sharing my insights and the insights I learn from others.
Let me tell you how I got here. At 16 I was diagnosed with osteosarcoma (bone cancer) in my left upper tibia. The disease took a great toll on my physical and mental well-being. After nine months of aggressive chemotherapy, the loss of my hair, absence from school and other activities, and a surgery that replaced the majority of bone in my affected leg with titanium, I thought that surely the pain was over. I think that most people in my life did too. The unconditional extreme support and love I felt as a cancer patient faded into a more hands off regular support and love one would might feel as any other healthy individual. Unfortunately, the chapter following remission was the hardest yet, and though I needed support more than ever, I didn’t know where to find it.
One of the first things that my surgeon (Kevin Jones) told me after my diagnoses was that I would never be the same, but that I would be better. Those words often replayed in my mind though I had a hard time conceptualizing them at the time. I guess I figured that maybe after I was done with all of the treatments I would enjoy all of the activities I did before cancer, but with new-found appreciation for them. For instance, I was a ballerina before cancer, so after I would just be a ballerina that appreciated ballet more than she used to. That seemed fair enough, but it did not end up being the case. Those words have come to mean so much more to me.
I lost the ability to dance ballet and to do other things I enjoyed before cancer. However, Sofia Holub Wellness is not aimed to dwell on how hard the journey has been. It is aimed to recognize and validate the challenges that us cancer survivors face while also discovering tools to help us love ourselves just as we are. It is an opportunity for people to find the support and understanding that I wish I would have had when I went into remission. My life is not free of challenges and discouragement, but I practice acceptance of myself and my new leg every day. It is this practice of acceptance and the embrace of my new normal that has made me a better person than I was before. The things I have gone through have deepened my awareness and my empathy for others. I hope that through Sofia Holub Wellness I will be able to strengthen and lift as many people as possible. Please spread the word to anyone that could use some support in his or her survivorship!
I also wouldn’t be where I am today without my companion and husband, Zach Holub (pictured below). He is my biggest support and the behind the scenes guy filming and photographing the entire journey! To see more about my story and journey, you can watch the mini documentary Zach put together of me here!
Hi guys! I have the pleasure and great honor of being married to the lovely Sofia Holub. I met Sofie while we were attending college at Brigham Young University—about 5 years after she went into remission from cancer. I thought that she had an incredible story and was an amazing person and we decided to get married. As she told me about her journey with cancer we brainstormed and eventually came up with the idea for Sofia Holub Wellness. We worked hard and finally launched the website during a break from school. You’ll see me pop up occasionally on the website and our Instagram but mostly I work behind the scenes: taking the pictures, editing videos, and working with Sofia on all the other things we do. Currently I’m a 2nd year medical student at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. I love this blog because it allows me to pull away from memorizing molecules and maladies and focus on connecting with people—something I love. It’s my hope that the things we post and the work we do on here will be able to help those that are struggling with the effects of cancer.
Anyway, we hope you guys have a better understanding of who we are and what Sofia Holub Wellness is all about. We care so much about our cause and about doing whatever we can to help support the cancer community. Let us know if you have any inquiries by emailing us through our contact page—we love to hear from you!