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Cancer survivor sets sights on winning weightlifting competitions

Lisa Johnson beat cancer and is now focused on winning weightlifting competitions

Lisa Johnson beat cancer and is now focused on winning weightlifting competitions  (Fox 5 Atlanta)

A Minnesota woman known as “Lisa the power lifter” is sharing her story of how she went from being diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer to taking home weightlifting trophies over the span of one year.

Lisa Johnson, 49, underwent a double mastectomy and had fifteen lymph nodes removed after being diagnosed with the cancer in January 2015.

She told Fox 5 Atlanta the diagnosis came as a surprise, and she immediately set goals to beat it. Less than a year after her surgeries, she was back in the gym training.

“They called me a genetic freak,” she told Fox 5 Atlanta.

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Johnson recently won five trophies in the Wisconsin Power-lifting Competition, and she even took home the title of best female lifter.

“It was very humbling to watch,” one male spectator told Fox 5 Atlanta. “Actually, it brought tears to my eyes.”