ThriveWell Cancer Foundation

Rating: 5 stars   14 reviews

Issues: Breast Cancer

Location: 4383 Medical Drive, Suite 4078 San Antonio TX 78229 USA

Mission: To enable adult cancer patients to thrive!
Geographic areas served: San Antonio

2010 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

In 2007 I had been out of medical school for 24 years. At 46 I was always on the go working three jobs a) as a physician/nephrologist taking care of sick patients who needed dialysis b) as a research scientist doing research, writing grants, publishing papers c) Being a Mom to my 10 year old son. In Sept 2007 LIFE came knocking at my door. Taking care of dying sick patients my entire career I was faced with my own mortality. My story is no different from any other Breast Cancer Survivor but I had the added knowledge of knowing all the things that do go wrong with medical care or the precise statistics of recurrence or the minimal improvement in survival after extensive life threatening chemotherapy regimens. Once the treatment was over it was the constant wait i.e. cancer coming back. I remembered Dr Abraham Verghese (author of The Tennis Partner) saying that every year 200 young doctors are needed to replace the ones who take their own lives. I did not want to become a statistic. During this period I started taking classes at the DIVA program. Joining the DIVA program two years ago initiated a spiritual journey that was unparallel to any past experience. It was not just the physical exercise but the mental transformation that has nurtured my soul. The friendship of my fellow DIVA’s, their constant encouragement, their support has made me stronger, calmer and a more beautiful person. I make it to at least one if not two classes a day. After spending an hour with Blanca and Connie doing Yoga I feel as if I have just come back from a long vacation. Doing Tai Chi with Fred has changed the way I perceive things around me. Recently a few of us have started walking the PATH 4-5 times a week at the corner of Babcock and Hamilton Wolff. The Path we walk has become a symbol for life. Maria would exclaim that these beautiful flowers are soon going to die in the summer heat. Don’t you see the beauty of being born…each one of them comes into being, flourishes and dies. Just like every one of us, just like life. We encounter the colorful butterflies feasting on the flowers, a baby bunny scampers across the path; a deer watches us from the woods in the early morning light. We see a group of young teenagers laughing and Maria points out that they are unaware of the snake that just slithered by, unaware what life will bring. As we walk we talk and somehow we begin to understand more about ourselves and the world around us. Maria calls it the healing path. If it wasn’t for the ThriveWell Cancer Foundation I would not be here telling you about my wonderful journey and my strongest support and nomination for funding

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

It was not just the physical exercise but the mental transformation that has nurtured my soul since I joined this program

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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7 people found this review helpful

DIVA is a nutrition and exercise program which is free to breast cancer survivors. I have participated in the program for two years and it has been a life saver for me. Not only does it allow me to participate in various types of physical activities, but it also provides a support group of wonderful women who have experienced what I have in my breast cancer journey.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

As a result of the physical programs that I participated in, I was able to gain physical mobility, stamina, and energy sooner than anticipated after undergoing chemo and radiation therapy.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I don't know that there is anything that I would change about the organization. The regular staff and volunteers are very professional and helpful.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The exercies programs, especially Nia.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very professional and go out of their way to make you confortable.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

reach every cancer survivor and provide the information necessary to "go on with life" after cancer.

Ways to make it better...

cannot think of anything that would make it better.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

increased participation by cancer survivors.

One thing I'd also say is that...

every cancer survivor should participate in the DIVA program.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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6 people found this review helpful

I am a breast cancer survivor. A breast cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming. It was a challenging & hard-fought battle to endure the pain and suffering of multiple surgeries; the devasting effects and side-effects of chemotherapy; and to overcome my fear. My participation in the TriveWell Cancer Foundation (The DIVA Program) was strongly recommended to me by my oncologist. The DIVA Program is a FREE nutrition & exercise program for women with breast cancer. Breast cancer patients who follow diet & exercise guidlines can reduce their risk of recurrence by 30-40 percent! The DIVA Program (Deriving Inspiration & Vitality through Activity) is a fitness program offering aerobics, yoga, Thai Chi & zumba classes. It provides nutritional counseling. Artful Healing classes are available twice monthly. THE DIVA PROGRAM IS OFFERED FREE OF CHARGE. The DIVA Program gave me an opportunity to "Get My Life Back". ThriveWell Cancer Foundation is dedicated to finding a cure for cancer by funding cancer research, providing patient support, and offering programs, such as The DIVA Program, to improve the quality of life for cancer patients and their families. The DIVA "sisterhood" has given me an opportunity to gain control over my life, good health, & my survival rate. The DIVA Program positively impacts the San Antonio Community's breast cancer patients & survivors.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I recently had my cancer check up. My oncologist is proud of me & my amazing results. I am cancer-free, in excellent health, and through my active participation in The DIVA Program, I have a reduced breast cancer mortality rate of 50%.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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7 people found this review helpful

Thrivewell Cancer Foundation is a wonderful organization that provides a great service to breast cancer survivors. It offers healthy activities for survivors. I appreciate the uplifting and positive atmosphere at the activities. My favorite event was the "glitz and glam" movie premiere for "Sex and the City".

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

feeling healthier by participating in the exercise classes.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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10 people found this review helpful

This is a great program for Breast Cancer Patients. it teaches nutrition to help prevent breast cancer from recurring and offers various exercise classes that are at a level that recovering breast cancer patients can participate in. Also a great support group when you are participating with other how have gone through the same treatment.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

living healthier and feeling the support of the group.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

offer more classes inthe evening, although their newest location will help me participate more.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

learning to be healthier and feeling the support of other survivors.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Class instructors and organizers

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Open locations in many more areas to make it able to help more people

Ways to make it better...

the locations were more convenient. I'm glad to see a location open in downtown area, but there still needs to be something on the south and east side of town

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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10 people found this review helpful

ThriveWell is a wonderful organization with a focused mission and staff. Last year's fundraising event was a great success and ThriveWell continues to be a worthy beneficiary! The research funded by last year's event has made great progress in learning more about Burkitt's Lymphoma, and I look forward to working with ThriveWell again soon!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

2009 Aim For A Cure Clay Tournament raised over $25,000 to support ThriveWell's cancer research program through START. So far, developed three human tumor models of Burkitt's lymphoma to evaluate potential therapies, etc...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I look forward to the growth and expansion of community outreach of ThriveWell and know with the continued support of friends, donors, and the community, ThriveWell will continue to serve those that have been affected by cancer.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the people that care so much about the mission of the organization and the community.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

nothing short of amazing.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help every person that has been affected by cancer.

Ways to make it better...

It has been wonderful

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

The economy is tough for all nonprofits right now.

One thing I'd also say is that...

www.thrivewell.org

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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I think Thrivewell is doing an amazing job servicing the patients at START. The DIVA program is open to all women affected by breast cancer. Their fundraising efforts are fun and innovative. I hope as time goes on they will recieve more funding which of course means more assistance for the patients. Thrivewell helps ease the pain of the patient's financial and emotional hardships that occur.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've seen the smiling faces of the DIVA women as they danced at the Zumbathon to promote a healthy lifestyle.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would have every patient aware of their services and utlizing them.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The joy and respect the staff have toward the clients.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Very helpful, enthusiastic and genuinely happy to be at the events.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Help so many more people affected by cancer.

Ways to make it better...

couldn't be better.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

none yet but as the needs grow they will need more funds and staff.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Go Thrivewell!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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ThriveWell is an extraordinary foundation whose focus is all about people. The people who are cancer patients are always individuals, never numbers, statistics or ‘that one over there whose infusion beeper is going off’. I speak from experience: our names and our persons are always treated with respect, patience and kindness. The people who are oncology physicians and renowned researchers all have the same aim: to enhance the lives of those in their care. The fabulous DIVA program is just one example of how the people behind ThriveWell, its creators, staff and board members think ‘outside the box’ to give patients and survivors a unique and additional level of ongoing support and attention.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

treatment and education

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

try to donate more.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The dignity and personal attention afforded every patient

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

warm, knowledgable, proficient, eager to be helpful

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

continue to enhance the lives of cancer patients and survivors and its researchers could probably find a cure!

Ways to make it better...

nothing

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

becoming known outside of the South Texas area

One thing I'd also say is that...

ThriveWell is unique and deserving of all the support it gets.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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7 people found this review helpful

As a breast cancer survivor I am very thankful for the help & inspiration I have received from the DIVA program of the ThriveWell Cancer Foundation. My oncologist, Dr. Amy Lang, referred me to the DIVA program and mentioned that they offered aerobics classes. The aerobics class at the Forte Rehab location was the first aerobics class I had ever tried. It was good to be in a low key, but as strenuous as you choose class. The instructors are skilled & encouraging & all of us survivors cheer each other on to strengthening. After being away from DIVA aerobics for a while I was so thankful that a location opened near our home. I finally came to a class at the Alamo Fam. Fitness location & now I will get back to attending aerobics & other classes. I'll probably try the new YMCA DIVA location soon. I have learned that physical exercise does boost my mental energy & strength. Yea! Thank-you!!!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Please see my Review

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About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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8 people found this review helpful

I was diagnosed with Stage 3 Breast Cancer in 2009. After diagnosis I read a lot about the connection between high fat diets and breast cancer risk. My weight was good, but I wasn't eating enough of the right kinds of food to support my health. I bought many books on diet and cancer and put together a plan for myself. I heard about the Diva Program while receiving Chemotherapy. I started attending the monthly nutrition classes and have found them to be very beneficial. They provide timely advice on foods to support health, but also allow for connections with other women going through similar situations. It's great to have a nutritionist to ask questions of and get expert advice on specific questions that concern you.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my improved health and wellbeing.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

timely advice from real health experts!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Nutritionist

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Help women that have not yet been diagnosed with breast cancer to learn to care for themselves to hopefully prevent a breast cancer diagnosis in their future.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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