I arrived at Thrive a few days before my chemo began, terrified about the toxic drugs coming down the pike and their potential effects on my otherwise healthy body. Fast forward a few months--all eight rounds of chemo completed--and I can tell you that two things got me through this physically and emotionally grueling time: support from my family and friends plus the services and community provided by You Can Thrive. The holistic modalities on offer (acupuncture, reiki and nutritional counseling to name a few) are top notch in easing pain and aiding healing, but it goes far beyond that. The practitioners who volunteer their time and expertise do so with such openness, warmth and a genuine desire to help the women they serve. As a client, I always felt welcomed and fully accepted by the providers, volunteers and founder Luana herself. It's a safe environment where breast cancer patients can doff their wigs, reveal their fears and share their stories, all while receiving wonderful, complementary treatments to balance the harsh effects of traditional cancer protocols. I'm grateful I found Thrive, through a survivor at a SHARE support group, and I'm happy when I can return the favor to another newly diagnosed woman. It's as if I'm passing along a treasured key that opens the door to surviving cancer with just a little more ease and grace and a lot more happiness and good health.
Once you get diagnosed with breastcancer you are on a rollercoaster of decisions, treatments and doctor appointments. And then it all stops... the treatments are done and they tell you come back in 6 months.... and you are completely on your own.
I felt lost and helpless. I wanted to do something good for myself to help me heal and survive. The You Can Thrive Foundations offered alternative services to help me relax, cope and promote healing my body and spirit. And the amazing thing is that all the services are free. Thanks to all the wonderful volunteers who offer their help, services and time to help women in need
I have found the programs and events that I have attended at You Can Thrive! to consistently be rich with information, presented and supported with caring, talented people in a warm and accepting atmosphere. It's a very special place; I'm so glad I found it.
You Can Thrive! Foundation fills a crucial gap in wellness for cancer survivors and thrivers. Access to their amazing wellness programs, including yoga classes, have helped me slowly rebuild my strength and wellness after four months of chemo. The fact that these programs and services are flexible, available, and reliable -- amazing! I am so grateful to these guys for everything that they do, so generously, for this community.
I was diagnosed with breast cancer in December 2016 and had a double mastectomy January 26, 2017. I am a licensed social worker and also have a masters degree in teaching. I currently teach special education in the S. Bronx, NY. While I was home recovering, I learned about "You Can Thrive" from a posting on instagram by another BC survivor/thriver. I was beginning a journey of alternative/holistic treatments to learn how to take better care of myself. As a single mom and teacher, I never prioritized myself and would run on autopilot most of the time. When I signed up for the two hour You Can Thrive event in March 2017, I couldn't wait to experience what it might be like to have two hours to be taken care of. The event was life changing. The room was filled with providers of acupuncture, massage, reiki, sound bath healers, essesntial oils, and the most tremendous healing and loving energy that could be in one room. At the end of the event, Luana asked if anyone had anything they wanted to share. I said, "This was the kindest, best two hours I've ever allowed for myself, ever."
I have since been attending their weekly reiki and sound bath events and have gone to a second YCT two hour event. These events have brought such healing to my life. I take such better care of myself now. Just last week, I became Reiki 1 certified. As a single mom and school teacher, to have holistic, healing events available to me at no cost is amazing. I am so grateful to Luana and all of the YCT volunteers for helping me to feel whole again.
I had a great experience at the You Can Thrive! Multidisciplinary Bliss event on Sunday, January 8, 2017. There were fantastic practioners and volunteers who assisted me in identifying problem areas and releasing tension. I highly recommend anyone who is undergoing treatment for breast cancer to attend.
I have been a client of You Can Thrive since 2008 following my re-diagnosis with breast cancer. Within a few days after my first call, I was receiving a number of wellness modalities such as reflexology, acupuncture and massage and especially rhythm thrive a movement class. The opportunity to receive these services in company with other cancer survivors was very important to me. In June, 2016, I was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer and immediately contacted You Can Thrive and have been receiving services. I am happy to support Y.C.T. which has been so important in my recovery and continued well being.
I love going to Therapeutic Sound for Cancer class at You Can Thrive for cancer survivors, it's so soothing - that's very helpful for me as I go through this physically and mentally challenging time of breast cancer treatment. I love all the ladies I've met there!
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I love that You Can Thrive is PINK for PEOPLE, in other words, they use their donated funds to offer services directly to the patients. The free acupuncture I received during treatment helped me with some of my side effects.
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I'm recovering after a diagnosis of stage 1 Triple Negative Breast Cancer. After undergoing 4 surgeries in 2015 (lumpectomy, port insertion & emergency removal & a double mastectomy) I've been slowly engaging in activities that will help build my mental as well as physical strength.
So, I ride my bike, work out at a gym, attend support group & blog. In my quest to find alternative wellness outlets, I came across You Can Thrive.
I'd never before taken QiGong or had a Thai Massage, but was willing to come out of my comfort zone & give it a try. The setting was ultra cool & stimulating. My senses felt so alive as I learned about breathing techniques, detoxing the liver, mindful matter (will that thing you do benefit you) and relaxation exercises that help you reconnect & strengthen your core. All this while tuning forks, bowl and gongs played magically in the background!
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I am a THRIVER of breast cancer and was introduced to You Can Thrive (YCT) by my RN during radiation who also donates her time and skills to YCT.
I attended a YCT event & workshop for the first time on Sunday 5/1/16 and was amazed by the dedication, energy and care from all the volunteer Practitioners and Volunteers! Oncology Nutritionist, Craniosacral, Sound therapy musicians, Masseuses, Qi gong, Acupuncture etc. Every 'Thriver' was scheduled time with most.
So much of cancer treatment is clinical and stressful for the mind body and soul.
To have an organization opening up the possibility to providing a calming holistic alternative made cry happy tears for a change not to mention the amazing benefit to every cell in my body. The best vitamins & nourishment for healing! I shall continue to spread the word and be a voice to my medical team & those along my b c journey about the benefits of such an organization as I wish for the two worlds to work together as yin & yang or heart to heart in balancing the clinical with the holistic!
I fully encourage Thrivers to seek out You Can Thrive.
A special bow to Luana De Angelis for her vision & dedication as the Founder of YCT!
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I just got breast cancer and am under Chemo. In reaching out to find "Help" I came across You can Thrive and Luana. It was the BEST thing about this situation. They are such a caring group and their volunteers are professional donating their time and service. I have taken advantage to the extent I hope to,play it forward once I am able. I have spoke to my clients and coworker and also gotten them involved. There are many organization out there. All good. This is my FAV
I was introduced to YCT by a friend during my chemo treatments, the first time I went to YCT location, couldn't believe the welcoming I received, everyone on this organization offers positive, caring and loving energy, I finished my chemo treatments, however as so many of us go thru the healing process, I was struggling with pain and no strength in my legs, YCT still have been offering me help to deal with my healing process, one of the treatments that has help me tremendously is reflexology, the improvement on the strength of my legs is incredible and the pain has lessen a great deal, along with the physical treatments they gave me spiritual guidance, I am very grateful to Luana and all her staff for a great work that they do, I wish there were more organizations like this one to help millions of us during these hardships.
Upon hearing the diagnosis of breast cancer, needless to say i was beyond being upset. I was told about You Can Thrive through a doctor's office. Since going and meeting with Luana and her team of incredible people I have come in contact with many other foundations and groups. You Can Thrive is so unique in it's approach. It takes into account the entire person and what will benefit her the most. From Nutrition, acupuncture. aroma therapy, the love and support and above all the positive energy that is felt as soon as you walk in just to name a few of the things that are offered far exceeded any pre conceived ideas i may have had. Because of Luana I now know there is a bright journey ahead of me and I live in hope as opposed to being sad. May her and her foundation continue their mission to help those of us afflicted with a disease that most everyone fears and nobody wants.
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I came to YCT recommended by my hospital. They kept trying to put me in groups where women sat in circles and spoke about how terrible their illness were and all the bad things happening to them, including all their fears and . I'm not a "group" person, but had done therapy in the past, so wasn't closed off to talking about what was going on through dealing with my (hopefully ex) cancer. The moment you step into You Can Thrive! you breath deep and are very relaxed. All the volunteers treat you like old loved friends who ask how you are ad offer advice on how to Thrive after this experience. I went there so scared, my hospital was an incompetent mess and I wanted to give up on going forwad with treatment. Every week I was at YCT, who ever the volunteer doing reiki, nutrition, acupuncture, reflexology or tapping was would first get to know you. To see how you were doing not only physically, but mentally. I get sooo much more care,love, time, attention and personal knowledge about my case then I have ever EVER gotten from my surgeon, plastic surgeon or oncologist. I can honestly say that without YCT I would have given up. Without their encouragement, offering nutritional and stress reducing services like massage, reike, reflexology and acupuncture I woudln't have been able to get through my radiation and all the errors at NYP that made we wonder if I was going through all this just to have them screw up and not catch a reoccurance later on. Luanne the founder spoke with me on how all systems are broken and how we need to advocate for ourselves every step of our treatment. So it's not just having wonderful treatments...It's having them from people who thoroughly understand what you are going through and who genuinely care about you thriving.
This is a charity for breast cancer patients and survivors. They provide guidance and support on nutrition, intermediating on your health care such as contacting your doctors on behalf of patients but most important, they provide free holistic services (acupuncture, reiki, massage etc.) to women like me who couldn't otherwise afford it. Getting cancer treatment is horrific in a physical and emotional way and the hospitals who treat us do not offer these very necessary services. They helped me when I needed it most. And we meet other survivors which assists in our recovery.
I am SO grateful to have found You Can Thrive; it is a place like no other! I followed standard treatment protocol for breast cancer and suffered many side effects from radiation and drugs. You Can Thrive not only provided an amazing support system but offered complimentary therapies such as acupuncture, nutritional support, massage, reflexology, Reiki, meditation, wellness workshops, healthy food prep demos and much more. You Can Thrive offers an opportunity to connect with a community, a "whole-being" support team. I would highly recommend this foundation to anyone diagnosed with breast cancer; you will find love, support and invaluable tools to meet the challenges ahead.
You Can Thrive is a blessing, there is no where else like it. They focus so much on the person emotionally and spiritually with so many wonderful treatments available. You leave there with such a feeling of peace and relaxation. A great space to meet and share with others on their Cancer Journey.