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Rehab at UniRec: Breast cancer survivor bounces back

30 Jul 2014

Despite her recent battle with breast cancer, Tania R is still going strong.

A dedicated member, Tania joined UniRec when she entered her ‘fab forties’, five years later her life was lifted upside down when she discovered a lump in one of her breasts.

Even though she’d experienced regular screening, she discovered the lump after checking herself at home at the start of the year. Feeling concerned that she had pulled a chest muscle at the gym she was quick to act and was soon diagnosed and receiving treatment. Tania fought her way through her battle with the support of friends and family.

Tania amazed doctors when she was able to shower and dress herself just five days after undergoing her mastectomy in April this year and even returned to the gym a remarkable four weeks after her operation.

“As traumatic as this experience was, it has made me appreciate how important fitness and health is, especially in assisting the healing and recovery process. I realised that I probably wouldn’t have bounced back as fast as I did if I wasn’t doing regular exercise and working hard at improving my strength in the lead up to being diagnosed”.

UniRec’s Rehabilitation Consultant, Justin Stewart, is currently helping Tania with her recovery by providing specialist knowledge in post-operation rehab. The vast range of equipment and the safe environment to work out in is also contributing, but most valued by Tania is the endless support that UniRec staff gives her. She describes them as being very positive and motivating with a “nothing’s ever too much trouble” attitude.

Tania recommends UniRec to anyone who is recovering from a cancer event and says, “it is important for people to know about the services that UniRec offers. The support that the staff has given me through this stressful time has made the journey so much easier”.

Now that she’s on the mend, Tania is keen to get the most out of life. Her renewed positive attitude has encouraged her to use this experience as a reminder that life is precious and should be spent doing the things you love. 

“I can’t wait until I’m back to my normal fitness and strength so that I can go on mountain biking trips with my boys again – that’s something I’m really looking forward to,” Tania says.

Tania stresses that part of her rehabilitation is to realise that she must take her recovery slowly and that it will take time to get back to her pre-op strength.

In the meantime she’ll stick to the stationary bikes at UniRec and eventually give the REV classes a go when she feels her energy levels are up to it.

Exercise Consultant, Maria Jarvis, says “It’s amazing to see her through the worst of it and it’s great that she’s already back in the gym and getting on with her life. She’s a true inspiration and I’m sure her story will help countless other women who’re going through a similar situation”.

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