Healing after Cancer
Cancer is a life-changing disease that takes a tremendous physical and emotional toll on those affected. The Y and LIVESTRONG® have joined together to create LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA, a free research-based physical activity and well-being program designed to help adults cancer survivors reclaim their total health.
Participants work with Y staff trained in supportive cancer care to achieve their goals, such as building muscle mass and strength, increasing flexibility and endurance, and improving confidence and self-esteem. In addition to physical benefits, LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA focuses on the emotional well-being of survivors and their families by providing a supportive community where people impacted by cancer can connect during treatment and beyond.
This free program for cancer survivors and their caregivers is made possible through donor support. Participants meet two times per week for 12 weeks in a small group setting, working to regain their health after a cancer diagnosis and undergoing treatment.
You do not need to be a YMCA member to participate in this program. To learn more, contact Sheri Cognetti at 908-889-8880.
Classes meet on Monday and Thursday mornings at 11:00 or Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 7:00pm.
LEARNING YOU’RE NOT ALONE: READ MARION’S STORY
“I was diagnosed with breast cancer close to three years ago. I just went to my doctor recently and got cleared. They tell me three is a big milestone for the type of cancer I had, which is ductal carcinoma triple negative. I was diagnosed in January of 2016. I scratched myself and felt this lump that seemed to have appeared overnight. I was sitting in the car with my son when I found it and he told me to call the doctor right away. I called and got an immediate appointment. As soon as the doctor examined me, I could tell it wasn’t good. I had surgery that February to remove the lump. It was Stage 2 and luckily, it hadn’t metastasized. I also went through chemotherapy and radiation and by that summer, I started to feel better. I wasn’t a YMCA member at that point, but my neighbor Donna (Peart) works at the Y and told me about the LIVESTRONG® program for cancer survivors. I started right after my last radiation treatment that August. I tried it, was able to get through the first two hours and I said ‘I can do this.’ I never missed a day the whole 12 weeks. I met other people – some younger than me and with a more severe diagnosis – who were so brave, hopeful and happy. It was inspiring. It helped being with other cancer survivors, knowing we’re in the same boat. I don’t know if I could have gotten through it without the help of the people around me.”