Are you or do you know someone who is a breast cancer survivor?

Pink Ribbon Pilates is a post-operative recovery programme to help survivors regain mobility, improve strength and posture. The programme is taught as a 6-8 week course either as a one to one or in small groups and is equally suitable for recent survivors and those whose surgery was some time ago, but have failed to recover full mobility and musculature in affected areas.

Emma McDonald is a certified rehabilitation breast cancer exercise specialist who will take you through the course at the Lincolnshire Fitness Studio based in Burgh Le Marsh, Skegness.

Benefits of the Pink Ribbon Program :

• Helps regain strength and mobility in affected shoulder and arm
• Enhances energy levels
• Improves quality of life and self confidence
• Improves sleep and alleviates fatigue
• Reduces feelings of depression
• Enhances physical and mental wellbeing
• Improves self-confidence
• Provides rehabilitation from surgeries, including mastectomy, lumpectomy, lymph node removal, and reconstruction procedures 4
• Gives you the transition to join mainstream Pilates or Fitness classes or return to
sports and hobbies

Doreen Puglisi is the founder and program director for The Pink Ribbon Program. She opened her first facility in 1998 and her second in 2002. As an exercise physiologist, Doreen is dedicated to quality Pilates instruction as well as design and implementation of specialty programs for clients with specific medical limitations.

While working with patients who were breast cancer survivors, Doreen saw a need to design a specific postoperative program for these survivors. Hence,The Pink Ribbon Program was created. This need became even more apparent to Doreen when she, herself, was diagnosed with breast cancer. She underwent a total mastectomy.The pain associated with the surgery as well as the loss of mobility in her affected arm was not something she was prepared for.

After her surgery, no formal physical therapy was prescribed. Doreen was able to use her Pink Ribbon Program to regain the range of motion as well as strength in her affected arm. This personal experience has helped Doreen to truly understand and reshape The Pink Ribbon Programme and the need to reach all breast
cancer survivors.

Doreen’s credentials include a Master’s Degree in Exercise Science, BA from Seton Hall University, a Fitness Leader Certification and she is a Certified Cancer Exercise Specialist. She is also the Chairperson of the Health Education and Exercise Science Department at County College of Morris, Randolph, NJ.

Exercise may be the last thing you feel like doing after breast cancer surgery. You’ve probably exhausted, your arm may be painful and swollen, and adjuvant treatments can made you feel even worse. All your want to do is rest. In the past, that’s exactly what doctors recommended. However, recent studies indicate a link between moderate physical exercise and improved quality of life for breast cancer survivors.

We are dedicated to promoting a healthy lifestyle and positive body image to all breast cancer survivors. The Pink Ribbon Program will help stretch and strengthen the shoulder, chest, back and abdominal muscles, allowing women to regain full range of motion to those areas affected by breast cancer surgery. This program is suitable whether your surgery was recent or several years ago and accommodates all fitness levels.

POST-REHABILITATIVE BREAST CANCER EXERCISE SPECIALIST

The Breast Cancer Exercise Specialist (BCES) is a professional qualified to assess, design and implement individual and group exercise and fitness programs for those diagnosed with cancer.
The BCES is skilled in evaluating health behaviours and risk factors, conducting fitness assessments,writing appropriate exercise recommendations and motivating individuals to modify negative health habits and maintain positive lifestyle behaviours for health promotion.

The BCES will have a complete understanding of the entire cancer process from diagnosis to treatment, recovery, prevention of lymphedema, and contraindications.