A New You: Despite setbacks this dancer doesn't lose a step

A New You: Sharon Carter Sheridan

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - The way Sharon Carter Sheridan loves performing for fans at New Orleans Pelicans games you'd never know all the adversity she's been through.

"Ivan is a beast!" she said as she does punches with her personal trainer.

Life punched her in the gut 20 years ago, when she was diagnosed with stage one breast cancer in 1996.

"Then I realized life was short and I needed to enjoy every day," she said.

Treatments saved her life, but another monster lurked  right around the corner.

"I tell people Katrina was worse than breast cancer as far as I am concerned. I feel like I survived breast cancer but it took me a really long time to survive Katrina," Sharon said.

The water destroyed her home and everything she had in it. Sheridan had to live with family and in different apartments for years.

"The moving around not knowing where you going to be and not having a stable home and having to depend on other people," she said. "I still had a job and was able to go to work but it wasn't the same," she said.

Sharon was sad, but in 2007 she decided to shake things up.

She auditioned for the Hornets senior dance team and made it. Nine years later she is still dancing. She says she battled with her weight over the years and didn't like what she was seeing.

"I started looking at pictures and seeing pictures of myself and I looked puffed up," she said.

She beat cancer but didn't want to get heart disease. She decided to invest in a trainer.

She met Ivan Jasper in March of 2015. It was her 66th birthday present to herself.  Three times a week, for an hour each time, she works out. Thirty pounds later she's happy she did.

"I am convinced once you make up your mind you can do whatever you want. It's all about decision and commitment to do it," she said.

She believed she'd have a home again too.

She built a house in Uptown a few months ago, just a few blocks from the house she grew up in.

"There are no excuses," she said.

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