If you needed more proof exercise helps patients with their fight against cancer, check-out this inspiring USA Today article about former Olympic gymnast Shannon Miller:

Exercise is springboard to recovery for cancer patient
By Janice Lloyd

Shannon Miller’s competitive spirit and life-long love for exercise are helping her fight the brave fight again. This time, beating cancer is her mission.

A friend said to me: ‘This cancer diagnosis is like being on the balance beam. You fall off. You get back up.’
The former Olympic gold-medal gymnast is “back up” after being diagnosed with a germ cell malignancy, a form of ovarian cancer, in December. She started nine weeks of chemotherapy March 9 after doctors removed a baseball-size cyst and an ovary. And she started an exercise program that she follows faithfully, even during treatment.

Experts say she is on the right track: assisting her treatment by exercising. Many of the 12 million cancer survivors in the USA also would benefit, they say.

“There is a growing body of research showing exercise not only helps with the side effects of treatment but also decreases the recurrence risk and improves overall survival,” says researcher Melinda Irwin, an associate professor of epidemiology and public health at Yale.

“My prognosis is good,” says Miller, 34. She says her doctors have said they’re hopeful that she and her husband, John Falconetti, will be able to have more children. Their son, Rocco, is 15 months old. The family lives in Jacksonville near John’s parents, who, along with friends, help with Rocco on treatment days.

You will find more details about how Shannon is doing, along with exercise related research update and tips to help the rest of us by going to the following link:

Experts agree that many cancer patients can benefit from following Shannon Miller’s example.

Feel good and keep smiling!  Pat

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