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September 19, 2016

Just Three Words
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In the prime of her life, world-class triathlete, dietitian and mother, Karen Newman, was on her knees begging God to end it all. But just when the secrets of her eating disorder had once again gripped her life and filled her with shame, a diagnosis of advanced breast cancer changed everything.

Karen inspired thousands and drew over 25,000 visitors to her CaringBridge.com blog as she continued training and competing in triathlons throughout her grueling cancer treatments, and was featured on the NBC Today show twice because of her extraordinary life and rousing message of hope.

Her remarkable story reveals the incredible power words have—to shatter or empower us—and the magnificent potential that love has to heal.

Told with candid truth and humor, Karen’s touching memoir Just Three Words weaves the agonies of anorexia, bulimia, and cancer, with the thrill of young love, miraculous wins on the race course, and victory in life. With the wisdom forged in the valleys of despair and on the peaks of triumph, Just Three Words captures the indomitable spirit of one brave woman who—against all odds—survives, triumphs and finds the purpose in it all.
Episode Segments:
Corporate Talk: Karen Newman
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Karen Newman
Karen Newman is an inspirational speaker, world record-breaking triathlete, dietitian, author and survivor of two life-threatening diseases. Her real-life stories have been giving people hope: helping free them from the bondage of shame, secrets and addictions; inspiring them to be authentic, to dream big and risk living the life they were meant to live. Karen has been featured on NBC’s TODAY show twice, in numerous publications and shows, and has lectured all over the country. She has also received many awards, such USA Triathlon’s “Most Inspirational Comeback Award” as well as the Connecticut Sportswriter’s Association’s “Courage Award,” and American Cancer Society’s “Determination Champion” for her tireless charitable efforts.

Karen is the author of a book entitled Just Three Words—a gripping story about the challenging experiences that brought her to her knees and then to her life’s purpose, and the miracles that kept her alive and winning athletic events around the world. Her book is available on Amazon.com as well as on bn.com (Barnes and Noble).

Karen is an eight-time All-American triathlete and was the 2012 Silver Medalist and top American finisher at the Age Group Triathlon World Championships in Auckland, NZ; this, despite enduring over four years of cancer treatments throughout her training. She followed in 2013 as a gold medalist for the United States in both triathlon and the 5k road race at the National Senior Games in Cleveland, OH, and then repeated with golds in both events at the Huntsman World Senior Games, while breaking the world record in the women’s triathlon there. In September, Karen will represent the United States in the Triathlon and the Aquathon at the Age-Group World Championships in Cozumel, despite that on Mother’s Day this year, she learned the breast cancer spread to the spine and pelvis. She believes that great trials are opportunities to grow, transform and discover gifts that can only be realized by going through the fire.

As a triathlon coach and Registered Dietitian with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Nutrition, Karen has had a long career educating and encouraging people in health and nutrition, as well as on the track. A University of Vermont alumnae, she married her college sweetheart, Peter, and together they have three amazing boys—Stetson, Chase and Trent—who inspired her to survive and thrive.

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