Congratulations to Deb Borucki, who joins 36 other area cancer survivors who have earned a spot on the 2019 Survive, Thrive & Be Fit Team (and 75 who have participated since the beginning of the year)!
Survive, Thrive & Be Fit offers area cancer patients a variety of FREE fitness activities and the opportunity to come together and move their bodies while encouraging one another to be the best that they can be during and beyond a cancer diagnosis and cancer-related treatment!
I recently found myself sharing some of the many opportunities in the Local Cancer Community to a relatively newly-diagnosed cancer patient who, after learning about Survive, Thrive and Be Fit, replied, “But I’m not much of an athlete.”
The late Dr. George Sheehan insists, “Everyone’s an athlete. The only difference is some of us are in training, and some are not.” By suggesting everyone is an athlete, Dr. Sheehan prescribes a philosophy that goes back to the ancient Greeks who emphasized the cultivation of the self and the ‘art of existence’ which rightly includes the training of the body.
There is a wide continuum that stretches from the out-of-shape sedentary spectator to the world class athlete… and most of us lie somewhere between those two extremes. As I’ve stated before, for me, being an athlete has little to do with talent or performance or speed or strength but has more to do with a willingness to make the commitment and to put forth the effort towards greater physical health and wellness. It is a return to basic principles of physical well-being and the act of taking responsibility for our own bodies as we commit to living to our greatest potential. It is about an understanding of the totality of what it is to live to your fullest potential – body, mind, heart and spirit!
Survive, Thrive & Be Fit is for every area cancer patient/survivor along, regardless of where they are on this continuum. All that is asked of any of our survivor-athlete is that they begin wherever they are at and move in a healthy direction.
In the previous issue of this Local Cancer Community Update I wrote about the “TLC Survivorship Can Be Fun” Game Nights and suggested that there is far more to these gatherings than just play. Similarly, there is far more to Survive, Thrive & Be Fit than the physical exercise we engage in. We are not just cultivating stronger, healthier and more resilient bodies; but minds, and hearts and spirits as well... all while “Making Sheboygan County the Healthiest Place to Survive Cancer!”
Congratulations to these 37 “Survivor-Athletes” and current 2019 ST&BF Team Members:
September: Deb Borucki
August: Cindy Daane, Stacy Harriott
July: No new members
June: Stacey Hand, Sharon Pentek, Althea Smith
May: Carolyn Eiden
April: Rose Buteyn, Chris Meyer, Judy Rowe, John Seaman
March: Ron Boeldt, Lisa Glander, Mary Rohde, Beth Stockdale, Dennis Sundell, Rae-Ellen Weber
February: Barb Bogenschuts, Lenny Bogenschutz, Kathy Burch, Judy Clark, Leah Heusterberg, Mary Kempf, Dan Kunda, Candy Meyer, Diane Micoliczyk, Janet Sampson
January: Cindy Becker, Mike Brachmann, Bob Hartig, Jennifer King, Maryellen Kloiber, Beverly Leonard, Chris Lorge, Kirstin Opgenorth, Tim Renzelmann, Sue Zalewski.
If you don’t think “Survive, Thrive & Be Fit” is for you... READ THIS:
Gentle Yoga for Cancer Survivors: As our amazing instructors often encourage, “This is YOUR yoga practice. Even if you just join us and breathe with us... you are doing yoga!”
Steps to Survivorship: Whether you walk slowly or more briskly, jog or run... a few hundred meters or a few kilometers... remember these words of Abraham Lincoln, “I may be a slow walker, but I never walk backwards.”
Indoor Row Group: You set the distance, the intensity and the time for this gentle, non-weight bearing, full-body exercise that also enhances flexibility! “Row, row, row your boat... merrily, merrily, merrily... life is but a dream!”
For more info, contact Tim!