It was by chance that I was able to attend the most enjoyable and enlightening retreat at the Hyatt. I owe my beautiful and thoughtful daughter for giving me the opportunity to meet the most incredible woman that would open a window in my life that has been closed since 2005. I was diagnosed with breast cancer in January of 2005 and then lung cancer March of 2015. I felt amazing and know that I’m not alone in this. This organization is one of a kind. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart ❤️. SFL is great for the soul!
I was diagnosed with Uterine Cancer in the winter of 2016. On April 1st, 2016 I had a total hysterectomy. While I was one of the lucky ones, in that I did not have to undergo chemotherapy or radiation, I was left reeling with the realization that I had cancer and would not be considered cured for five years. At the age of 5, I lost a beloved aunt to the same type of cancer. My hysterectomy left me feeling very depressed, scared and suffering "survivor's guilt,"
Through Winthrop University Hospital I found out about Strength For Life. I joined their monthly Empowerment Group, and signed up for the FREE exercise classes. In these groups, I met some of the most incredible women. We shared our stories, offered support in a way that only a cancer survivor can understand. I thought cancer was strong until I met these women! Through Strength For Life I have found many wonderful resources and learned so much about cancer and the power of the human body and spirit. I signed up for a Wellness Retreat and attended this February 10th and 11th. It was one of the most memorable weekends of my life. I got to experience meditation, exercise, and lectures on nutrition and holistic medicine. I participated in a Reiki Healing. I received Acupressure and Acupuncture. This entire weekend was FREE! It was made possible by donations Strength For Life received as a Not For Profit Organization!
I am no longer a depressed person beaten down by cancer. I am appreciative for all that cancer has done to humble me and change me as a person. I don't live life waiting for tragedy to strike. I view cancer as something I experienced and am called upon to share to help others in their journey. I am learning day by day to take responsibilities for my health and to treat myself and my body as a temple. I am am eternally thankful for Debbie Hughes, one of the Co-founders of Strength For Life. She lost a dear friend to cancer and out of that tragedy she created a legacy of love and support for other cancer patients and survivors. SFL does exactly what its name says, it gives people the STRENGTH to keep on LIVING!
SFL is a wonderful organization. I have been taking the weekly exercise classes at my cancer center and was finally able to attend an overnight retreat - what a gift! Debbie and her crew do amazing work. I am so thankful to have found this group of women. - Megan
Strength for life has given me strength, joy and encouragement. Going to Debbie’s exercise class has given me a sense of power and I am excited to go to class not only for the exercise but being around others who have or had cancer and can relate to each other and who I now call friends. Also the retreat was an incredible experience that I will always treasure and the facilitators gave me such great tools ex: exercise,mindful movement,reiki, meditation, nutrition etc... were great! Strength for life is envilved in many other things I can’t wait to be a part of. One of them is casino night fundraiser which is one March 10th which I am excited to be going to !! Thank you strength for life for all you do!
I found out about Strength For Life through my oncologist office. I was a bit hesitant at first to join the exercise classes but I am so glad that I made that leap of faith and joined. I first started with one class, then I added another class and finally I added a third weekly class. It began as an exercise class but it has become so much more. I have met wonderful people through this organization from my classmates to the facilitators up to the co-founders. I have found an unofficial support group in the people that I have met through the fitness classes, empowerment groups and the retreats. The participants I have met all have positive attitudes and we support each other in a way that non-cancer survivors cannot relate to. I have made a group of friends that I keep in touch with outside the classes. We found out that we all joined for the classes and were rewarded 100 times more than we anticipated.
I had a life altering experience thanks to Strength For Life. I feel rejuvenated, physically, mentally and spiritually. Debbie and Teresa made it relaxing and fun. I have already emailed everyone that attended this 1 day retreat with information to help them deal with the stress of this horrible disease. and feel I have made some life long friends. I am still paying off medical debts so this is the only vacation I have taken in 3 years. I cannot thank all the volunteers who helped make this day so special to us all.
I learned about Strength for Life after being diagnosed with breast cancer in November of 2016. The support from this organization has been a life saver. The founder, Debbie Hughes, is compassionate and generous with her time and energy. I have attended one of the exercise classes and was fortunate to participate in a full day wellness retreat. The benefits to my physical, mental and emotional well being cannot be measured. Kudos to Strength for Life and all of the wonderful volunteers who make all they do possible!
This is Awsome Organization Helping Other Reach their Goals
As a breast cancer thriver I have found much needed support from the Strength for Life program. I have attended the overnight retreat and enjoyed learning from others with similar stories. The empowerment group is another great opportunity for support and guidance. Even with good health on my side I need help strengthening my emotional coping skills. The group is a truly awesome "self care" experience for me!
What a wonderful weekend. Thank you so much for such a gift. This weekend has helped me on my journey beating breast cancer in so many ways. Each workshop was both inspiring and so very healing. Getting to meet people in similar circumstances as myself was just amazing and therapeutic. I treasure those chats around the table , they have made this journey much more positive. I hope to continue our chats very soon ladies! Thank you Debbie and Theresa for sharing your knowledge and passion to live a healthy lifestyle no matter what our circumstances. I will be forever grateful...
What an amazing weekend!! I learned so much that will improve my life immediately! All workshops were valuable and well run. I particularly enjoyed the exercise class, yoga class, and reiki circle with sound healing. Wow!! The other participants I met and Debbie and Theresa who made all this happen, were all a tremendous source of strength and inspiration!! I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to experience this life-changing event!!
We had such a nice time sharing our stories and bonding. The classes were very helpful and informative. Wonderful people shared their time and knowledge with us!
Soooo worth it!!!!
I just started chemo in Nov. 2016. So this is all new and frightening. It was nice to share with others, learn some things, get some real advise and just feel a 'normal' connection. Because nothing is normal anymore.
Thank you Debbie Hughes and Teresa Doherty for putting this Amazing retreat together for us. You work so hard and it is really appreciated.
I had an awesome time at this retreat!! Debbie and Theresa were awesome! I was a little nervous about going but they made you feel really welcomed!! I loved meeting all the new people that were in my group and learning all the new things to help me during this journey!! Thank you Debbie and Theresa!!!
Strength for Life should be give ten stars. I was blessed to have the opportunity to attend a wellness retreat. This was my first time leaving my young children and my husband for a night to attend such an event, but it was so good for me and ultimately for them! It was comforting, encouraging, and inspiring to meet other survivors and to hear their stories. Debbie's nutrition class and exercise class were fantastic! Theresa was also a wonderful source of information and such an encouraging testimony to me. The food and company was superb, and all of us left with a positive attitude and tools to continue on each of our journeys. I also attended my first strength for life class this past week and I am so grateful! The help is personalized and so good for new cancer survivors physically and emotionally. Each class is a like a support group but with exercise. Debbie is absolutely wonderful - energetic, passionate, compassionate, encouraging - and full of helpful knowledge and resources. Thank you, Strength for Life! My family hopes to participate in the 13.1 mile walk and other fundraising events in the future.
Going through cancer is a physically challenging journey but it also affects you emotionally, spiritually and mentally. Strength for Life understands that. They successfully touched me in every realm which had been sorely missing for me. They're caring approach coupled with fun and organization made for an amazing experience. I can't thank them enough!
A great exercise program for cancer survivors, Jacquie inspire me, and make feel welcome into the program, you get to met other people and learn more from the own histories . I am so grateful to be a part of strength for Life program.
Now I am having fun with Debra, great personality,
I hope God give them Strength for Life, to all this great people !
Wonderful program with a very dedicated, encouraging instructor!!
This is a wonderful program with a dedicated and committed instructor, Jacqui Errico.
We come in all shapes and sizes,levels of competence, all ages and body types, but we share one common goal, the desire to regain our strength, reclaim our health and carry on to the best of our ability! Its fun and healthy and Im grateful to have found this awesome group!
Can I give more than 5 stars? This program, leaders, retreat are amazing. Debbie is so warm and friendly, I felt a connection immediately. I was lucky enough to be able to participate in one of their retreats, coming as a stranger and not knowing anyone, leaving with hugs and a warm heart and new friends. The exercise program and participants are all encouraging and friendly. Debbie caters each exercise to individual needs which is important for each cancer patient.
Looking forward to my first walk on November 20th and have signed up for the 13 mile walk in June. Better start training!
I enjoyed the program,. Jacqui made exercising fun
and worthwhile/ Everyone in the class was friendly,
hardworking and a pleasure to spend the hour with.
Please continue the program.It works..........