Names and Faces: Cathy Lyles

Published: Sep. 6, 2018 at 8:43 AM CDT
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If there's one thing that Cathy Lyles doesn't have, it's a lack of energy.

She's hosted a Jazzercise class for more than three decades, most recently at the St. Anthony's Catholic Church Gym

Never tell her you're too old to join in.

"Oh my gosh, you're never too old. I have taught kiddos who are two and I've taught ladies who are in their 90s," she said.

While it seems like there's no stopping her, cancer almost did. One day, on a family trip to the lake, she felt something hurt in her breast.

"The doctors said you have a lump in your breast, but it's not breast cancer," Lyles said.

Doctors sent her to MD Anderson where she found out she had a rare form of cancer known as a small cell carcinoma

"I was one in 29 million that had this," she explained.

So, Cathy started radiation. Even cancer treatments didn't keep her from her Jazzercise class.

"I had my schedule where I would get my radiation first thing in the morning at MD Anderson," she said. "Then I'd be back here to teach a 5:30 class."

Doctors say her passion for wellness and dedication to health are part of what helped her recover. Because of that, Cathy continues her mission to make sure people of all ages stay fit.

If you're interested in taking a Jazzercise class with Cathy, we have a link in the Related Links section.