HealthWise: Cancer Rehab and Renewal Program helping cancer patients

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- The Martha Jefferson Foundation is helping cancer patients recover through exercise.

The Cancer Rehab and Renewal Program at Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital began in April and has been helping cancer patients, who are in treatment or finishing up, take back control of their lives.

Mittie Harvey has attended 28 of the 36 rehab program sessions. She feels inspired by each group member and has noticed such an improvement in her health.

"I feel like a different person. I really do. I feel like I'm not sick anymore, and that's what I was feeling when I started, just sick,” Harvey said.

Participants go to the Health and Wellness Center three times a week and exercise for an hour, either on their own or with a group. The staff members guide them through different exercises while being sensitive to each person's needs.

"But it really has helped me. I can now walk across my living room where I couldn't before and things like that,” said, program participant Steve Church.

On top of improving strength and energy, the Cancer Rehab and Renewal Program works to help each person improve their overall quality of life.

"Maintaining your strength, endurance, balance, flexibility can carry you long into life. And the quality of life is super important especially after any chronic illness, but especially with cancer treatment.” Tracey Hill, a clinical exercise specialist with Sentara MJH Health and Wellness, said. “You can start to lose a sense of self, and I think this is a good place to start to rebuild that."

If you would like to be a part of groups like these, you can check out the Related Links box to see other classes the Health and Wellness Center at Sentara Martha Jefferson offers.



 
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