He ate standing up and had no rest until his body took its toll: “The 5 pills a day I take remind me of what happened”

Although the career of Event Organization did not yet exist in Argentina, Marcela Messineo (51) managed to distinguish herself in the profession that would later become a profession. She had taken her first strong steps as a recreation teacher for children as well as an aerobics teacher for adults in the historic complex Coconor, on the north coast of the city of Buenos Aires. “That job had a lot to do with being an entertainer: we danced, we played games, tournaments, mass classes, everything was very playful.”

In 1996, thanks to the experience he had gained in that space, he traveled to Club Med in Moorea, Tahiti. There he not only played sports, but also performed in plays every night and invented original activities for the guests.

1999 when her daughter Muriel was born

A few months later, back in Argentina, a colleague asked him if he could organize a funfair for an informal Friday at an American company. “Of course I will,” she replied enthusiastically. He had the well-known suppliers and the animators were his colleagues from Coconor. The event was so successful that the company hired her again for the year-end party. From then on, work kept knocking on his house door.

“One thing led to another and I have grown enormously. Then I became more famous and I put the purely recreational aside and started working for other accounts: alcoholic beverages, banks and insurance. He brought ideas together and sold them to organizers of major events.” In 2004, she was hired by a major events agency and her career continued to soar.

“I worked in something that amused me, I was very creative, very social and on top of that I earned very well. Unthinkable. I worked 24 x 7, at client meetings, at team meetings, he went out at night to see what was new, he supervised promotions and he was in everything he could be. I didn’t want to miss anything. I ate standing, fast, I didn’t pay attention to the quality of the food I ate. In addition, I had absolutely no patience to sit down to eat. I slept what I could. And I was always very anxious, I thought a lot about everything. I had plan A, B, C, D, E, just in case something went wrong in the events. I have not exercised at all.

With his parents in his native Neuquén.
With his parents in his native Neuquén.

However, and despite being aware that he was living a life far from healthy habits – curious or not – he underwent his routine medical checkups every year. “And a suspicious image appeared near the pancreas, detected by an abdominal ultrasound. I was referred to a gastroenterologist and unfortunately it was one of the worst experiences I have ever had. I remember going to the consultation alone. had no symptoms. But something set off my inner alarm that day and worries about my health became an obsessive thought.

Panic attacks were not long in coming. The first of many he went through happened on a Saturday night while he was at the cinema. Minutes before the movie started, she felt a sensation that paralyzed her. He couldn’t even put into words what happened to him. He ended up in the Fleni-garde. It was an anxiety attack.

Marcela Messineo
Marcela Messineo

“That was the first of many… Once I got to work with the Panamericana and he gave me another one. I had to get out of the car and called Marucho, a good friend who accompanied me in everything that came after. From March to October I was without knowing what I had. That was the cause of anxiety attacks. My daughter Muriel was 5 years old at the time.

Shortly afterward, the doctor treating his case announced that: the image they detected required surgery. They operated on her the following month. “It was a huge shock, I was very scared. They had warned me that the surgery was risky, that it would take about six hours and that I would be in intensive care for two days. He also learned that he would have a scar on his stomach from start to finish and that he would have to take a lifetime of medication, 5 pills a day. I had to prepare with my psychologistAna María, because it was impossible for me to imagine going to the operating room, I felt panic”.

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Raised in the capital of Neuquén as an only child, Marcela remembers a playful and sporty childhood. He had learned to ride a bicycle at the age of four, started skating lessons at the age of five, and also skated with his cousin at the city’s airport. Later she was encouraged to classical and Spanish dances and at the age of nine she took her first steps with sports gymnastics. Already in adolescence, tennis, hockey, water and traditional skiing were the sports he chose.

“I really enjoyed celebrating my birthday. My mom took care of everything: theme cake and she even had a change of dresses! I fondly remember my games at my grandparents’ house or in Alta Barda, the neighborhood of my childhood. In 1994 she obtained her diploma from the INEF Romero Brest, CENARD of National Teacher of Physical Education, specializing in disabilities and the elderly.

With his daughter Muriel
With his daughter Muriel

It was finally time to face reality. He had pancreatic cancer and the tumor that had grown in that organ had to be removed. He entered the clinic where they would perform the operation and spent fifteen days there. “I left with 40 kilos and a lot of pain, I will not forget that. My daughter went to first grade and although I was very weak, I was there to guide her. Little by little I lost the desire to hold events, I needed peace of mind, but I also had to eat, support my daughter and pay the bills. I was very upset, at the age of 35 I didn’t know where to go.”

And it was the least expected place—at least for her—where a deep and absolute breakup brought more changes to her life. He had been to a relaxation workshop with his assistant. “It was a before and after in my life, an absolute pause. The shock when I closed my eyes and started breathing to feel who I was was so great that I cried a lot. I felt someone was there. And it was me. But he’d never looked at me like that. From that moment on, my life began to take a path with more love, compassion and understanding for myself.

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Marcela thus started a new chapter in her life, opening herself up to new experiences and the opportunity to continue studying and learning. She trained as a Pilates Mat instructor, Pilates Reformer, specializing in pregnant women; He also did the Instructor in Conscious Breathing Techniques and Xtend Barre.

“After the operation, I had a new beginning. I gained time to share my life with people I care about and today I know that nothing stood alone in everything that happened. I won to be able to study, to give myself to other experiences, to express what I have lived and share it, it is the meaning I find in everything. Because I am also curious, I continued my studies and put together a tailor-made training.”

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called him Well Barre and saw it as a training method that combines pilates, dance, fitness and yoga. The main goal is to reduce stress through mindful breathing exercises. For seven years, Marcela has been devoting herself to spreading her method in personal classes, conferences, seminars, exhibitions and after the pandemic through platforms such as Instagram, Facebook, Zoom, among others.

“I am also a coach and I guide people in personal processes. I meditate daily, eat a balanced diet according to my activities, read, walk and sunbathe. I like sports, traveling and spending time with my family and the people who join me. I still take five pills a day, which remind me of what happened. I could stop and think and most of all be grateful because life went through me and I could see with pain what I had to learn”.

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