What exercise and physical activity helped you the most after breast cancer surgery? What do you wish you had known?
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I am still in receiving treatment, but plan on checking out this free program at Y to help cancer survivors start physical activity after treatment.
Has anyone attended this program?
If in Rochester MN: https://www.ymcamn.org/locations/rochester_ymca/health_fitness/livestrong
Information on program and links to find other locations can be found at:
I mentioned in another post, there is a free restorative yoga class for breast cancer survivors at Roca Climbing and Fitness in Rochester
The class is called Phoenix yoga and the schedule can be found at the link provided. Recently Mayo providers have attended so they know what their patients are experiencing when they refer them Providers such as Dr. Rhodes, Dr. Haddad and nurse and physicians assistants from the breast survivorship clinic, attended, and love the class.
The class meets you where you are at, and there is a community of women you can become friends with.
I can not say enough good things about this class it helps your mind as well as your body, along with creating wonderful friendships with women who are going through similar medical situations.
I helped to start this class as my providers told me to eat veggies, fruit and do yoga when I was diagnosed. Three years later, cancer free, and still enjoying yoga.
I would suggest doing as much as you possibly feel you can. I currently am in a yoga for osteoporosis prevention class and find it very helpful in many ways. I also have taken part in a strength training class that helped as well. Swimming helps with restoring flexibility and range of motion, too. Good luck — keep moving!!
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Oh thank you for the info unfortunately the closest yoga or exercise classes I could get to are about 40 miles away. I have started walking a bit and counting my steps to increase every day.
Thank you for the info. I however don't live near and facilities that offer any type of exercise or yoga.
This video guides you through exercises soon after surgery (mastectomy or lumpectomy)
@karendb, yoga can be relatively easy to do at home. I would look for gentle yoga or beginners yoga on YouTube.
Thank you so very much. I will look it up.
I am starting the live strong program in March but a friend of mine did it last fall and loved it . I really need help getting started
I’m starting that program at the Y on February 26th. I’m feeling hopeful about it since I had a bilateral mastectomy and 7 more surgeries due to complications and have poor upper body strength. I’m BRCA positive, had breast cancer and just canceled a hysterectomy so I could complete the Y program. I’ll let you know how it is after my first sessions. Go to yours so we can both get healthier!!!!
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