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.
“The DVD fosters a sense of empowerment by allowing women to regain trust and reconnect with their own bodies after they've [their bodies] failed them.. Allows them to overcome fear that it will fail them again.”
-Kim Leonard, Director of Northern Region Women's Health, UPMC Horizon.
“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
“It’s easier and more helpful to give my patient a DVD that demonstrates the necessary exercises rather than a written handout.”
-Dr. Gretchen Arendt, Surgical Oncologist, Magee-Women’s Hospital
“The Strength & Courage DVD is a wonderful addition to the information that I provide to the post-operative breast cancer patients. I have received a great deal of positive feedback from our patients at St. Clair Hospital including some of the following comments:
‘The DVD motivates me’
‘The pace is perfect’
The DVD is a quality, professional product that has impressed me and our patients. On behalf of St. Clair Hospital and our patients, thank you.”
-Karen Gasper, Oncology Certified Nurse, St. Clair Hospital
“I can't thank you enough. Our patients are so appreciative of the education and care provided to them and the DVD is so much a part of what makes them well again. Again thanks for all you do.“
-Mary M. Rizzone, R.N., B.C.,UPMC Hamot for Breast Health
“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.”
“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.”
“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
A Survey of "Thank-Yous"
“The DVD helped me immensely. To follow was easy and soothing and I do better seeing than reading. Thank you for providing this for me.”
“Wish I had this DVD after mastectomy. Received it after reconstruction - exercises really help stretch muscles - improve flexibility. Thank you!”
“I have watched the DVD and I think it will be a valuable tool for me as I recover. I'm 9 weeks out from a bilateral mastectomy, and although I'm doing PT twice a week, there are some extra stretches on the DVD that I know help, and I hope to progress to the weight lifting once I get my full range of motion back.”
“Many thanks for this opportunity to have this DVD. I wish more docs would offer this to their patients. I had to find this on my own by surfing the web!”
“Before my surgery, I was only given a hand out about exercises! It’s so great to have your DVD, it’s so much easier to follow than written instructions.”
“I can't tell you how much this DVD has meant to me! I've been struggling ever since to regain use of my right arm. I have several friends who have had mastectomies and they've been extremely supportive, but none of them had any difficulty with strength and flexibility. I thought that I was the only one in the world who had these problems. Now I no longer feel alone and I have a plan for improvement. I'm finally confident that I'll be able to do the things that I enjoy once again. Thank you so much for all that you do!”
“I use it every day.”
-A DVD user in London, England