Utah Breast Cancer Support Group

Non-denominational breast cancer support group in Utah for young women in their 20's, 30's and 40's. Friends by Chance. Sisters by Choice.

Young Survivor Sisters is a free, non-denominational breast cancer support group for women living in Utah who are in their 20's, 30's and 40's. We've been supporting each other like sisters since 2003 and welcome your participation. Together We Survive! To join the conversation, please join our Facebook Page

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Fitness Problems

Hello there, it's Jennifer Garza. I have been wanting to write a blog entry that dealt with fitness for some time now. In my journey, I have had a hard time, both physically and emotionally dealing with my weakened and fatigued body. I am still going through chemotherapy and will be having my first breast surgery this coming Tuesday - yikes! I have tried to get back into the gym and work out...but my workouts aren't the same as I remember them. Running is difficult, my muscles are weak so lifting is challenging, it's just all become such a stressful mess, especially when all I can focus on is how well I USED to be able to do these things. As for our diets, ha! For many weeks I was too sick to eat and had to rely on a can of ensure and some crackers every day. Other days when I was pumped full of steroids to avoid nausea all that I could do was eat! Needless to say I have gained some weight through all of this but I am not sure how to get myself back to healthy again. So here is my question to open up a discussion between us all: "How are you dealing with the physical changes of your body, and how are you making improvements to get "back" to healthy again?"

This evening our Past President Candace Tatton sent out an email talking about a fitness class that helps to transform our mind and body and should be a 2-3 hour class taught by Marci Lock. ( http://marcilock.com/) I know that there are other women out there like myself that are looking for some help putting the broken pieces back together that cancer leaves us with and it sounds like this will be a very good opportunity for that. So check out her website and make sure to email Candace at candytatton@yahoo.com

Make sure to read Candace's email and then respond to her with if you can go and what day would work best for you. The event is being scheduled for sometime in September or October and the class would be 2-3 hours in length. 

Stay Strong, Fight Stronger, Ladies!!
<3 Jennifer Garza  

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Books Available

Ginny and I (Erin) have collected a bunch of really great breast cancer related books and would love to share them with anyone interested in reading...Just leave a comment here on the blog and we'll arrange getting you the book!

Here's the list:

Finding the “CAN” in Cancer
By Nancy Emerson, Pam Leight, Susan Boonan and Terri Schinazi

Fighting for our future- How Young Women Find Strength, Hope, and Courage While Taking Control of Breast Cancer-
Forward by Ann Curry of the Today Show
By Beth Murphy

Voices of Breast Cancer- The Haling Companion: Stories for Courage, Comfort & Strength
Edited by the Healing Project

Just a Lump in the Road- Reflections of Young Breast Cancer Survivors
By Debbie Leifert, Gina Castronova, Dr. Tamara Brennan, Jackie Ehrilich, Cindy Goldberg, & Donna Palmisciano

Breast Cancer Survivor Fitness Plan
By Carolyn M. Kaelin, M.D., M.P.H.

Facing the Mirror With Cancer- A Guide to using Make-up to Make a Difference
By Lori Ovitz and Joanne Kabak

Breast Cancer Husband-- How to Help your Wife and (Yourself) Through Diagnosis, Treatment, & Beyond
By Marc Silver

First You Cry- The Classic Inspiring Story of One Woman’s Triumph Over Breast Cancer
By Betty Rollin

The Middle Place- A Memoir of Kelly’s battle with breast cancer
By Kelly Corrigan

Crazy, Sexy, Cancer Tips-
By Kris Carr--Forward by Sheryl Crow

Tools & Tips From the Trenches- Heartfelt Advice for Survivors Families & Friends
By Mary Olsen Kelly

Chicken Soup for the Breast Cancer Survivor’s Soul
By Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, & Mary Olsen Kelly

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