Fit for SurvivalLearn more about our Spirit of Survival program from our patients.

April 23, 2012
After receiving significant treatment for my breast cancer, I sought out the best specialized fitness programs in the country. I am pleased that Shaw Regional Cancer Center offers the Spirit of Survival program, which is a leader in this field. I am very impressed with the program's exercise physiologists, and I cannot thank you enough for the time and care you spent taking care of me. Your staff is very talented and they have wonderful personalities. I look forward to seeing you again in the future.

December 5, 2011
During the last three years, I have had the pleasure of working with the Spirit of Survival team.  They all care deeply about helping us, sharing their sense of humor, and promoting laughter and life. It has been a great help to me to be able to work out with other survivors as we can communicate with and help each other. My diet and exercise programs have vastly improved. Without this program, I would not be where I am today.

May 10, 2010
The Spirit of Survival Team made it easy to lose 40+ pounds this past year. My exercise program was tailor-made for my lifestyle and varied throughout the program to keep it fresh. This included tips on a shorter but slightly more intense workout during our busiest time of year at work. This way, I could keep up with my exercise routine. I can mix and match the routines to accommodate the time I have. I got so into it that I even found myself adding more routines and fitting in some extra running in place or dance moves.

On the nutrition side, I received a goal of total fat grams for the day. The trick was to keep track of fat grams, and calories and everything else will just fall into place. This made it easy to track without getting bored. Just a few tweaks in the kinds and amounts of what I was already eating make it satisfying to stick with.

The Shaw team has been there along the way to answer questions and adjust the program when needed. I am so grateful for the Spirit of Survival Program and thank the doctors at Shaw Regional Cancer Center for offering this program as part of the overall healing process.

May 2010
After several surgeries and months of chemotherapy, I successfully completed my treatment for Stage I breast cancer, but was left feeling like a fragment of my old self. This initial treatment process intended to save my life was also a long, taxing process that drained me both physically and emotionally. With an active family including two young boys, I was eager to recover and rebuild. Joining Spirit of Survival helped me to do just that.

When I walked into the Spirit of Survival studio for the first time, I was bald and "beaten up" - and quickly disheartened by how little I could physically do. With particular attention paid to post-operative and post-chemo limitations, the team provided professional and careful guidance, allowing me to set reasonable weekly fitness goals on which to build. In time, there were marked improvements, from an increase in range of motion and flexibility to an increase in strength and endurance. With these milestones came a noticeable improvement in my energy level … and frame of mind.

While I have been cancer-free for some time, I continue to go to Spirit of Survival, not only for the highly customized and top-notch physical training, but for the unique and almost instant camaraderie that arises among the survivors who attend. I wouldn't find this in an ordinary, exercise-only gym, which is why I feel so very fortunate to have a program like Spirit of Survival here in the Valley.