CHRISTUS HWC Pink Ribbon Program
Exercise may be the last thing on your mind after breast cancer surgery. The accompanying fatigue, pain, and soreness and joint stiffness in your arms, shoulders and upper body plus possible adjuvant treatments may make you want to curl up and not move.
return to a sense of normALCY
In days gone by, rest was all that was prescribed for those with breast cancer. We know now, however, that early movement and moderate exercise affect recovery and long-term health for survivors! Because of this knowledge, the Pink Ribbon Post-Operative Workout Enhancing Program was developed.
Pink Ribbon exercise, with physician clearance, can begin early in the recovery phase, or even several years later. Stretching and strengthening exercises for shoulders, chest, back and abdomen focus on restoration and maintenance of the joint range of motion in the affected area. When possible, we add exercise for endurance and maintenance of healthy body weight.
Best of all, perhaps, is the positive energy that comes from returning to normal as you are proactive about your health. Our exercise environment is supportive and encouraging.
Jan Wynn, Certified Breast Cancer Exercise Instructor, will assess your needs, design and implement your exercise either individually or with others. Membership to CHRISTUS HWC is not included.
This program is designed for 10, half-hour sessions which are planned with Jan at times that fit your schedule.
the hwc pink ribbon program helps to:
Improve self-confidence and control
Maintain and regain strength and mobility in affected shoulder and arm
Enhance energy levels Control weight Improve sleep
Enhance physical and mental well-being
YOUR COACH, JAN
Jan Wynn is a Sr. Fitness Specialist, Personal Trainer, Certified Pink Ribbon Instructor and a Registered Nurse at the CHRISTUS Health and Wellness Center. She received her B.S. in HPE from Texas A&M and both her M.S. in Exercise Science and her B.S.N. in Nursing from Lamar University.
"Working with people challenged by a wide range of health issues or injuries is uniquely rewarding. We are the sum total of our personal experiences. When I learned of the Pink Ribbon Program I planned to build on my own experience as a cancer patient and survivor of Hodgkin's Lymphoma. At 27 years of age, I knew of no one going through surgery and chemotherapy for cancer. Having been an athlete most of my life, it was hard to see myself as sick. I empathize with the myriad of difficulties of dealing with cancer diagnosis, treatment and recovery. Knowing first-hand the positive influences of exercise, strengthens my ability to instruct, motivate and support the Breast Cancer survivor."