Wendy Peterson, Pancreatic Cancer, Diagnosed at age 55
While undergoing months of treatment for her Pancreatic Cancer, Wendy noticed her decline in athletic ability. Following a discussion about the Livestrong at the YMCA program with a close friend, Wendy immediately called the Port Orange YMCA to sign up. Although it was two months away from the beginning of the program, Wendy quickly recognized the YMCA’s “can-do” attitude mirrored her own and would soon give her the tools she needed to begin recovery.
Jen Krupa, Stage 2B Invasive Lobular Carcinoma (Breast Cancer), Diagnosed at 32
Jen was skeptical to the thought of sharing her emotionally packed journey with people she hardly knew. Despite her doubts, she tried out the Livestrong at the YMCA program in early 2015. By week twelve, she not only realized how much of an inspiration it was for people to hear her story but also how valuable it was for her to tell it.
Wendy Diblasi, Invasive Breast Cancer, Diagnosed at age 58
Three weeks after she became happily married, Wendy was diagnosed with Invasive Breast Cancer. Not exactly an aspect of the new life she and her husband were imagining together. After several surgeries, chemotherapy, and radiation, Wendy assumed the weakness she felt was going to be part of that “new normal” everyone warned her about. At least that was until a seemingly ordinary trip to the local supermarket changed that form of thinking completely.
LiveSTRONG at the YMCA Instructors
LiveSTRONG at the YMCA Instructor
What makes a Livestrong at the YMCA instructor great? Compassion. Care. Sympathy. Patience. Perseverance. Sheryl DeRosa encompasses all that an instructor should be with one purpose in mind; to be on that team of support that guides a survivor on the right track to recovery.