After being treated for breast cancer at the age of 32, Marcia was left with a lot of fear and anger. Counselling didn't feel right for her, so she tried yoga instead. Now, 24 years later, she teaches classes for other women who have experienced breast cancer.

I came back after that 90-minute class and thought, 'This is it. This is what's really going to help me.'

Marcia was 32 years old and a mother to two young children when she found the lump in her breast, and was initially convinced it was nothing to worry about. After undergoing the trauma of diagnosis and a mastectomy, she turned to yoga as a way of moving forward - and it worked wonders for her.

She now runs classes (both online and in-person) for people living with and beyond a breast cancer diagnosis. These have the physical benefit of building up strength and mobility in areas that have been affected by treatment and surgery, as well as boosting mental and emotional wellbeing.

Tune in to this episode of the Breast Cancer Now podcast to learn more about the benefits of yoga, as well as other alternative therapies such as acupuncture and reflexology. Joining us for the conversation is Jackie, a clinical nurse specialist, who offers some medical insight into the value of complementary treatments and the sense of community that often accompanies them.

Being able to resonate with other people who have been through a similar thing is vital, and it does aid recovery.


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