Traveling around the world meeting, supporting and inspiring breast cancer survivors
- Alicethenics: Exercises to Increase Freedom of Movement After Breast Surgery
- Specializing in Women over 40 and Breast Cancer patients
- Exercising After Mastectomy and Lymph Node Removal
Alice Saland expresses her personal journey: My most difficult challenge became an opportunity for growth,change and healing.
After my surgery for breast cancer, I sought out exercises to speed and assist my own recovery. I look forward to traveling around the world meeting, supporting and inspiring breast cancer survivors.
Alice Saland’s lean figure and electric energy turn plenty of heads. This fitness trainer is in peak physical and mental condition, despite having battled cancer twice during the past decade.
Saland — the owner of her own corporate fitness company, noticed a lump in the right side of her neck, but her doctor dismissed Saland’s concerns. I went home and tried to forget about it, she recalls. Saland spent the next six months feeling fatigued and dropping weight rapidly. Finally, she consulted with a different doctor, who ran a battery of tests and discovered that Saland had thyroid cancer. The good news was that the disease was caught early — and was curable.
After her brush with thyroid cancer, Saland then decided to return to her first love, exercise, and devote her skills to helping women over 40 get in shape. She became a certified fitness trainer and began feeling better than ever. But a routine mammogram revealed a suspicious lump in her left breast. Saland underwent a biopsy and was diagnosed with stage I breast cancer. This second diagnosis of cancer sent Saland reeling. I lost all my fitness clients, I was totally lost, she recalls. I had no family, no children. I just kept thinking, I’m alone. Saland’s oncologist referred her to a therapist who specializes in cancer recovery; those sessions helped the fitness buff realize that she could parlay her expertise into helping other women undergoing breast cancer treatment. I suddenly felt like I had a purpose: I could give people hope, she says.
Saland’s treatment consisted of a lumpectomy and 30 radiation sessions. Exercises to Increase Freedom of Movement After Breast Surgery, which guides women through easy-to-do exercises that can help speed recovery after this type of operation. Saland performed each exercise herself, including warm-up and meditation sessions, in both indoor and outdoor settings. She still teaches personal fitness classes for women over 40. She helps people and get the word out about breast cancer.
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