Cancer Graduate Group

Cancer Graduate Group

Four of the five women pictured at right have been through our Cancer Wellness Program here at Bellin Health Fitness Center Ashwaubenon. Each has their own unique story…
Cathy Cavanaugh is 63 years old, married to husband Bob, they have three children and 3 grandsons. She is a retired nurse and enjoys knitting, gardening, biking, and snowshoeing. Cathy had to over come breast cancer, chemotherapy and the obstacles that came with them. After Cathy finished personal training she went into our Cancer Graduate small group training class and met other survivors. She calls these women her friends and they have kept her motivated to continue her fitness journey. After all of this, Cathy was able to regain strength and overall fitness.
Dawn Pitt is 55 years old, married to husband Gerry, has two sons and a granddaughter. She is an Associate Enrollment/eligibility Rep at United Health. She enjoys reading, spending time with family, snowmobiling, boating, kayaking, biking, walking/hiking, and coloring. Bellin Fitness Center’s Cancer Wellness Program is what really motivated her to get started. She says Bellin gives great support and knowledge. Liza has been great at giving her well-balanced workouts, mixes it up and can adjust to what you need. She has not only had to deal with Cancer but muscle and joint pain as well. She has had some improvement but she keeps working on it in the small group training classes. She says, “Be strong and do the best you can. A body in motion, stays in motion! So don’t give up!”
Denise Ryan is 61 years old, married to husband Mike and they have two cats. She is a retired IT systems analyst. Denise really enjoys traveling, attending Packer games and sewing/quilting. She started coming to the fitness center in 2010 for rehab after going through cancer diagnosis and treatments. Since then, she has continued to work with a personal trainer and utilizes the group training sessions. She still has obstacles like staying motivated but says being part of a small group training classes helps to keep her accountable. They like to challenge each other in this group but have fun doing it. Denise says Liza does a great job of varying the workouts and keeping it interesting! Her advice is, “Take the first step, start slow, and don’t get discouraged.”
Jennie Lemere is 51 years old has a husband, two children and two cats. She is working as a receptionist. She enjoys cooking, reading, and gardening. Her motivation with beginning her fitness journey came from not being able to move as she once could. As they say, objects in motion stay in motion. Her biggest obstacle is herself, she says. Redefining habits and lifestyle choices on a daily basis can be viewed as a challenge or opportunity. Bellin Fitness has helped her most with accountability. Setting an appointment with her personal trainer, Liza and the small group really has helped. Liza makes class fun and every class is different. “Getting to know Liza and the ladies in the small group training class has touched my life,” says Jennie. “Everyone has a story and is on their own journey. I feel privileged to be a part of this.” Jennie still wants to improve on her flexibility and movement and implement new physical activities into her everyday life. Her advice, “Be patient with yourself. Remember baby steps count and celebrate small accomplishments.”
Dianne Briggs is 71 years old, has two children, one grandchild, and a cat. She is a retired teacher who enjoys playing the piano, reading and tatting. Tatting is similar to crocheting but with a shuttle. Her second bout of cancer led her to the Bellin Cancer Team where they suggested she participate in the Cancer Wellness Program at the fitness center. Her goal at first was just to come to the fitness center and participate in the program and now she tries to remain active, to walk without a “hitch” in her step and keep developing her core strength. These have become easier for her since starting the small group training class. She is motivated to be in class because the class is structured to benefit her and the group. “The group meets two times a week and we have really gotten to know each other,” says Dianne. “The social interactions we have whether funny, sassy or just a plain ‘look’ has led to the success of the group.” Her advice, “The group makes it easier to do all of the activities by encouragement, a joke, a comment or totally ignoring my remarks. I leave the fitness center sweaty and knowing I have done a good workout. So come, join us for the fun!”