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YMCA class helps cancer survivors gain strength after treatment

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Exercise programs can help cancer survivors get back on their feet after treatment and reach physical and mental goals.

A class called "LIVESTRONG at the YMCA" offers survivors recently de-conditioned or chronically fatigued from their treatment and disease, a way to heal.

It's a free 12-week program and support group for those battling cancer. The YMCA has room for more participants this fall.

One cancer survivor from Verona says this class helped her take back her life again after cancer.

"The chemo is definitely more challenging than the radiation," said Joanne Bren, a two-time breast cancer survivor.

Joanne was diagnosed with breast cancer for the first time in 1996 and she went through radiation as part of her treatment. She was diagnosed with breast cancer again in the summer of 2012. For her treatment, she was forced to go through radiation and chemotherapy.

"I heard about this class through a friend of mine who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer about two years ago," said Joanne. "She spoke very highly of the program."

Participants work with trained instructors on physical strength.

"I worked a lot on the treadmill and we worked on a lot of cardio. We were given weights to do," said Joanne. "Everything is designed based on where you are physically."

Fall classes start this month.

Classes are offered:

LUSSIER FAMILY EAST YMCA Tuesday and Thursday 12:00-1:15 p.m. or Tuesday and Thursday from 6:45-8:00 p.m.

NORTHEAST YMCA Tuesday and Thursday from 6:00-7:15 p.m.

LUSSIER FAMILY WEST YMCA Monday and Wednesday from 6:30-7:45 p.m. or Tuesday and Thursday from 12:00-1:15 p.m.

Contact Stephanie Navarre at 608.664.9622 ext 1024 for more information or click here. 

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