Nestor Strong

  Read more about Nestor’s story in the July 2016 Cancer Awareness issue of Endurance Magazine here: http://magazine.endurancemag.com/HTML5/Endurance-Magazine-LLC-Endurance-Magazine-July-2016   Thanks to the life-saving, first-class medical care that Duke has provided, Nestor has resumed many of his favorite physical activities, including long distance running and hiking. On April 1st, 2017, he successfully completed the Umstead 100-Mile […]

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Picking Up the Torch

“How brain cancer put my life goals into focus” (step 3 of my 8-step plan to get you back on track towards pursuing the life you envision despite a cancer diagnosis or other major life-altering event).   STEP 3: Identify your goal(s). What goals did I have prior to my diagnosis? What goals do I […]

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A Moment of Clarity

“A Moment of Clarity.” “How brain cancer made my purposes in life crystal clear” (step 2 of my 8-step plan to get you back on track towards pursuing the life you envision despite a cancer diagnosis or other major life-altering event). STEP 2: Find/define your purpose(s) in life, i.e., your motivation to begin and continue […]

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That Fateful Day in June

  “How brain cancer EMPOWERed me to create and experience the life I envision” (step 1 of my 8-step plan to get you back on track towards pursuing the life you envision despite a cancer diagnosis or other major life-altering event).   STEP 1: Perform a self-assessment. What is my vision for my life? Write […]

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Trainer Spotlight – Nestor Paonessa

Nestor Paonessa

I am Nestor Paonessa, Assistant General Manager and Health and Fitness Coach at EMPOWER Personalized Fitness in Durham, North Carolina.  I am a brain cancer survivor, ultra-runner, backpacker, world traveler, tennis player, pianist, and very lucky husband to Ashley Paonessa.   Now, at the relatively young age of 36, I believe that I have already had […]

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