When Jean Sauco was in recovery from her treatment from breast cancer, exercise and meal planning were the last things on her mind.
A proposal from a medical team from Miriam Hospital, however, changed all that.
The 64-year-old Coventry resident is now in remission and adhering to a full fitness program. She said that she has the Moving Forward Together study program and the medical team at Miriam Hospital to thank for both.
Sauco was 61 when she was first diagnosed with breast cancer. She had surgery in 2009 and underwent a lengthy chemotherapy program, but has, to date, managed to remain cancer free.
Just a little over a year ago, while she was still in recovery from treatment from her diagnosis, Sauco said that someone from Miriam Hospital contacted her and asked her if she would be willing to participate in a 12-week study program, formally known as Moving Forward Together. She said that the person who asked her to participate simply described the program as “a study that was being implemented to determine how physical activity would affect the recovery of women undergoing breast cancer treatment.”
At first, Sauco said, she didn’t really feel up for the task; physical activity, she said, was the last thing on her mind, but looking back on the opportunity, she said that she is thrilled that she got on board.
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