Being diagnosed with breast cancer is a stressful time for patients and families alike, and the ability to retain information at this time can be difficult.
Cynthia, Shirley and Lisa were all diagnosed with breast cancer. These women shared their experiences in hopes of helping other women in similar situations. Each of them underwent surgery; participated in post-operative physiotherapy treatment; and are now well on their way to recovery. Check out their full stories in the videos below.
In the below video, Cynthia recalls how she first struggled with news of her diagnosis, but how in the face of adversity, she and her husband, Carl, both grew strong.
Shirley says her attitudes about life and health changed in the video below. Together with her husband Adrian, Shirley takes every opportunity to celebrate life and now enjoys the smallest things.
Lisa and her husband, Dean, open up in the below video about their family life as they continue to navigate this journey with two school-aged children.
Physio: After surgery
These video stories are part of a project lead by the physiotherapy team at St. Clare’s Mercy Hospital in St. John’s. The project consisted of the development of an educational exercise video for breast cancer surgery patients.
The Post-Operative Breast Cancer Exercises: A Guide for Patients is a tool to use after surgery. The video demonstrates step-by-step physiotherapy exercises to help patients regain full motion, in the comfort of their own homes.
For more information, we invite you to visit www.easternhealth.ca/CancerCare.
These story videos were produced by Jill Seviour, physiotherapist with Eastern Health in conjunction with Gerry Boland Studio Productions Ltd.