The first time we met Gale Compton was in 2007. At that time she shared how an MRI, not a mammogram, revealed her breast cancer.
Fast forward five years and we meet up with Gale again. This time in her kitchen in Crossville.
She is cancer-free and credits her fight and the anxiety it caused with helping her take charge of her life.
"I sat down with a pencil and paper and wrote out a plan of what I was going to do to make the anxiety stop. I knew if I didn't it would cause so much stress that maybe the cancer would come back," said Compton.
So she started walking for exercise. Eventually, Gale worked up to running. Now she competes in half-marathons and is a certified fitness instructor.
Then she gave her diet an overhaul.
"I decided to start eating clean and totally changed my diet. I got rid of processed foods in my pantry and refrigerator."
Gale's research into certain food's effects to the body inspired her and a friend to share what they've learned with others. It resulted in "Skinny Ms. Slow Cooker" cookbook.
"We wrote this slow cooker cookbook with whole foods and no processed foods, no refined sugar. We discovered you can make foods taste just as good, if not better."
And people are buying into Gale's message. 30,000 copies of her cookbook have sold so far. And her Facebook site has more than 80,000 "Likes".
Gale likes the changes in her life and she credits her fight against cancer.
"That alone has been worth it for me. Just knowing I can inspire other women who change their lifestyle."
"Skinny Ms. Slower Cooker" cookbook is available at Amazon.com.