Breast Cancer Survivor Testimonials

The format of the 75-minute, professionally-produced program incorporates testimonials by breast cancer survivors who have used the Strength & Courage program and experienced the real benefits of exercise as part of their breast cancer recovery.

A Message From The Creators

“The exercises in Strength & Courage are truly beneficial in helping a survivor return to their full range of motion and the strength they had before treatment. Often, I see survivors become even stronger than before their diagnosis! I am so proud that we were able to incorporate exercises on the DVD that take survivors from post-op treatment to thriving in their lives.”
-Janette Poppenberg, Co-Creator of Strength & Courage DVD.

“I was diagnosed with breast cancer in the spring of 2002. My surgery was a lumpectomy and axillary node dissection.  I lost some of my shoulder movement and power I once had.  I’m a pediatrician and lift children all day. Also I wanted to return to my favorite sport, golf. The exercises demonstrated in this DVD helped me to resume all of these activities. I hope these same exercises will help you to return to your life before breast cancer.”
-Sharon Cowden, MD, Breast Cancer Survivor and co-creator of Strength & Courage DVD.

Messages From Healthcare Providers

We are grateful to the following breast cancer survivors and medical professionals who tried our breast cancer exercise DVD and shared their impressions with us. We hope you will experience similar success.

“Order the Strength & Courage DVD.  I was a medical reviewer for the DVD, it's well done.”
-Kathryn H. Schmitz, PhD, MPH Assistant Professor Biostatistics and Epidemiology

“I wanted to thank you for producing the Strength & Courage DVD. I find it to be very helpful for our patients who are recovering from breast cancer treatment. I think the exercise program is important to help patients improve their strength and flexibility and allow them to return to their daily lives more quickly.“
-Shannon Puhalla, MD, Medical Oncologist, Breast Cancer Program, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

Personal Testimonials

“I have been using the Strength & Courage CD faithfully since my surgery. It is informative and geared toward working through the early post op discomfort slowly as I resume normal daily activities. Simple movements like opening the refrigerator door have been made easier with the exercises offered on your CD. The information is easy to understand with step by step instructions to start that journey back to normal function after my mastectomy.”
-Maria Schuwerk

“I recently spoke with my mother and she is finding the Strength & Courage DVD to be ‘very beneficial’. She is very impressed, and likes that the exercises are explained thoroughly and are simple to perform. She likes that it is a very gentle program for her, yet she can feel in her muscles that she is progressing. She has two other friends who she will be recommending the DVD to as well. One of these ladies is mostly blind, however, my mom feels that she would be able to use the DVD since the program is explained in such a straightforward way. Keep up the wonderful work.”
-Nicole LaDouceur-Janowicz

“In July I was diagnosed with breast cancer and chose to have a bi-lateral mastectomy in September. I was incredibly fortunate to have found the cancer very early and did not require radiation or chemo – just tamoxifin therapy for the next 5 years. The DVD has been such a great help to me! I am 42 years old and prior to surgery was in the gym or at yoga at least 5 days a week. Losing strength and range of motion was one the most challenging and frustrating pieces of this journey. The DVD slowly and methodically brought me back. I have given my copy to my reconstruction surgeon to share with other patients; I hope that they find the strength & courage I found through this tool. Thank you for what you have done!”
-Kathleen Brenk, Breast Cancer Survivor

Strength & Courage

Regain Your Health Through Exercise

The exercises presented in Strength & Courage are an integral part of an effective breast cancer rehabilitation program. We now also offer a new Spanish-language edition, titled Fuerza & Valentía. Each version is available via DVD or digital download.



Recuperar su salud a través del ejercicio Los ejercicios presentados en Fuerza & valentía son una parte integral de un programa de rehabilitación eficaz del cáncer de mama. Disponible como DVD o descarga digital.

Fuerza & Valentia

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