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Jamie Eason Pictures: Fitness Model on Top After Beating Cancer

Jamie Eason. (Lovate Health Sciences) Lovate Health Sciences

(CBS) We've all had our ups and downs, but few have had such highs and lows at such a young age as 34-year-old fitness model Jamie Eason.

PICTURES: Jamie Eason

After a few entry-level office jobs following college, Eason went to work for her family's roofing company in Texas. But being chained to a desk was not for her, she realized.

While managing a crew of roofers, she tried out to become a cheerleader for the Houston Texans  - and got the job. Life was going great.

Great, that is, until she found a suspicious lump in her breast.

It turned out to be cancer. She had a lumpectomy, and eventually all was well. Except that she had missed so many practices that she had to quit the cheer leading squad and had to take a job as a computer instructor.

Four years later, she realized that she was what she calls "skinny fat."

"I was soft and flabby," she tells CBS News. "I had cellulite. I drank Dr. Pepper and ate Goldfish and fast food almost every day."

It was her wake-up call. She hired a personal trainer and visited a nutritionist, and the new and improved Jamie Eason was born.

"Within a few disciplined months, my body began to transform," she says. "I felt physically fit and emotionally, I had a true sense of accomplishment and well-being."

She won the first fitness competition that she entered, and since then has graced the covers of countless magazines including Oxygen, Muscle & Development, and Fitness.

"I realized I had found a path for my life," she says.

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