Breast Cancer Survivor Helps Others Achieve Their Best Possible Recovery

Doreen Puglisi, M.S. is an exercise physiologist and educator who transformed her professional – then personal – experience with cancer into a successful rehabilitation program for breast cancer survivors.  In just six years, the nonprofit organization she established has trained and certified more than 400 instructors in the United States, Australia and Europe to help women recover their mobility, strength, and range of motion following breast cancer surgery.

The Pink Ribbon Program originated when Doreen began working with breast cancer survivors as a Pilates Instructor and Exercise Physiologist.  She was stunned to discover that survivors were discharged following mastectomy, lymph node dissections and even reconstructive surgeries without a plan for either physical therapy or rehabilitation of the affected side.  With her energy, drive and knowledge of exercise physiology, Doreen set out to develop a program to help her clients achieve their best possible recovery.

The Pink Ribbon Program was well underway when Doreen faced her own cancer diagnosis when an early cancer was discovered following breast reduction surgery.  Even with her level of fitness and understanding of breast cancer, she was overwhelmed by both the diagnosis and recovery.  She applied the Pink Ribbon protocol to her own recovery, and continued to tweak the exercises and stages based on her experience.  Today the Pink Ribbon Program is a gentle, staged process that begins when the survivor is either six weeks past her surgery or has received her doctor’s approval to begin gentle exercise.

You can become a Post-Rehabilitative Breast Cancer Exercise Specialist by registering for the Pink Ribbon Program in Reno, Nevada on November 4 & 5, 2011.  The classes are brought to you through the efforts of the Healing Moves Foundation.  We would like to thank our co-host Saint Mary’s Center for Health & Fitness

Register today for the Pink Ribbon Program!


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