Guest post by Lori Ginsberg, PT, MPT
Early detection saved my life.
As dramatic as that sounds—it is true. It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost 4 years – Christmas Eve 2012, since I found the lump that rocked my world. I am here today, CANCER FREE, because I took that suspicious lump to my doctor on January 1. I insisted on a mammogram and ultrasound when she said “let’s just watch it”.
I listened to my inner voice, the one that told me that something was not right.
So yes, early detection of breast cancer saved my life but Pilates saved my sanity. I was diagnosed with Stage 2a “triple positive” breast cancer—“the GOOD kind”! Which meant that after a double mastectomy, 6 rounds of chemo and a future of estrogen deprivation, I am cured! But guess what? There is no “good kind” of cancer. The physical, mental and emotional toll of the battle is hard to quantify but is immense.
For the first time as a Pilates-based physical therapist, I had to practice what I preach and I hoped I’d been right. I was. I felt the benefits of Pilates as a gentle, efficient and effective rehab tool for regaining motion and strength. I felt the power of the Pilates principles— breath, control, flow, concentration— to help me simply get through every day, no matter how crummy I felt. Some days I’d do a few minutes of footwork, some days I’d spend an hour moving and sweating and focusing on the work, some days I’d simply lie on my back and breathe.
I always, ALWAYS, felt better afterwards.
So now, almost 4 years later, I’m finally at the point where some days I forget I had cancer. When I remember, I tell someone my story so that one day maybe she can forget too. October is breast cancer awareness month. The perfect time to start a routine. Check your breasts, today and every month. Schedule your mammogram. Listen to your inner voice—she’s smarter than you know.
Schedule a Pilates-based Physical Therapy evaluation with Lori or one of our other Pilates-based physical therapists by calling the studio at 919-361-0104.