CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- April marks 20 years of an exercise class for cancer survivors called "Movin' On" at Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital.
These classes have helped participants stay active while also being the foundation of many strong relationships that have been growing since 1999.
Barbara Poston found out that she had breast cancer in 1997 after returning home from a trip to Switzerland.
Although it was a scary time for her, the cancer was caught early, and she was able to come out of surgery cancer-free.
"Every time you go back for a mammogram, you still have the little thing in the back of your head that says 'Is this going to be the time,'” Poston said. “Fortunately, for me, it has not been, so I'm one of the lucky ones."
Poston has been attending classes since the beginning and says that the group has been like family helping her through some of the harder times in her life.
"When we first started this class, it was exactly that, a gentle, low impact exercise class for cancer survivors, and I think it very quickly turned into a support group that exercises," said clinical exercise specialist Tracey Hill.
Jo Anne Ebersold first joined the group after she beat lung cancer, and they stuck with her as she experienced and overcame breast cancer years later.
"The group as a whole has been through so much with births, deaths, graduations, people moving away, losing some,“ Ebersold said. “But usually it's just that we know we're here if we need each other.”
Like Poston and Ebersold, many of the participants look forward to seeing each other every week in class and the bonding time they have after class.
"Even if I didn't feel like exercising, we always go out to dinner afterward, so I thought, 'Well, at least I'll get a meal,” Poston said. “So, that's how it started and it continues to this day."
These women have enjoyed the past 20 years, and they plan to keep movin’ on for years to come.
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