Meet Beth, Pushing the Limits

Beth was beyond fit. In fact, she made a living pushing herself and her clients to their physical limits as the owner of a CrossFit gym. Before she knew it, she was in need of her own coach when she said she felt her senses go “out of whack.”

Hard To Ignore

It was hard to ignore, but she just kept pushing on. Then as symptoms increased, she went to a neurologist who referred her to Moffitt. Beth was diagnosed with a glioblastoma, or a brain tumor, at age 33.

Signs You Should Give Notice To

  • Difficulty seeing or speaking
  • Weakness on one side of the body (hemiparesis)
  • Other neurological deficits (e.g., a gradual loss of fine motor skills)

Know Them All


Just two weeks after her diagnosis, neurosurgeon Dr. Arnold Etame performed an awake craniotomy, a surgery in which Beth stayed awake, to remove the tumor. Despite the surgery taking twice as long as anticipated, Beth says she stayed calm.

“I know that Moffitt is one of the best so I was in good hands,” Beth recalls.

Restoring Confidence

Two weeks after the surgery, Beth was back at CrossFit BNI, the gym she owns with her husband. She had a new workout partner that day: Dr. Etame. Beth had inspired her surgeon to join the gym.

“He had me upside down doing handstand pushups and he said, ‘Go ahead, you’re fine.”

Dr. Etame pushed Beth to her limits and ended up proving to her that she can beat her cancer.

To schedule an appointment with a member of Moffitt Cancer Center’s Neuro-Oncology Program, call 1-888-663-3488 or complete a new patient registration form online.