When is it safe to exercise after my cancer diagnosis? This session addresses the hesitations, precautions, and benefits of exercise throughout the different stages of cancer diagnosis and treatment.
Event: Inspiring Speakers Series
Date: January 28, 2021
Resources: Slides by Christy Pederson
Everyone is welcome and encouraged to watch this session. It is especially relevant for: current/former guests of Sorrentino’s Compassion House; cancer patients/survivors; family, friends, and caregivers of cancer patients/survivors; and medical professionals/students.
Christy has been practicing in various locations in Alberta and the UK since 1999. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy in 1999 and hasn’t looked back since. She has studied under Dr. Aung, completing her Certificate in Medical Acupuncture from the University of Alberta and is Gunn IMS certified. She studied Graston Technique and has gone on to specialize in Oncology Rehabilitation, becoming certified in lymphatic therapy and earning her specialization in Oncology Rehabiltation from the Physiological Oncology Rehabilitation Institute in Denver, CO. Through her physical therapy journey, she has learned that the journey never ends but is a series of beginnings that lead you to places you never thought you would go, and she brings this edge to all of her patient interactions.
Maria Dulce McCormick, Former Guest of Sorrentino’s Compassion House
Maria was diagnosed with Triple Negative Breast Cancer in February 2016. She went through surgery, 6 rounds of chemotherapy, and 30 rounds of radiation. It was during her radiation treatment at the Cross Cancer Institute that she was blessed to stay at Sorrentino’s Compassion House. She felt overwhelmingly lost once her treatment was complete but with the support, she attended a peer workshop weekend in Calgary. The experience inspired her to start a cancer support group in her community called Supportive Recovery, where she assists others in navigating the new normal that comes after all medical treatments are done. She also volunteers as a Compassion Network Ambassador for Compassion House Foundation.
Maria lives and works in Grande Cache, Alberta, where she and her husband also raised their two daughters. She is now a grandmother to 3 beautiful grandbabies.