Think Pink: Breast Cancer Patients Being Empowered

Cancer changes lives, but for one Lexington woman it put her on the road to a healthier life that helped her battle her illness.

In this month's Think Pink segment, Amber Philpott introduces us to a woman who credits getting in the gym and working out for her road to recovery and beating cancer.

Lacing up her tennis shoes, means a whole more to Dolores Erena these days.

Joining the gym wasn't something the 55 year old wanted to do, but it has helped save Dolores' life.

Last April, Dolores was diagnosed with breast cancer, but her condition was grave.

Not only did she have cancer in one breast, she had a nasty infection in the other.

"They didn't give much hope, they didn't. I found out much later they had told my family, oh she's not going to make it lets just call in Hospice," said Erena.

Instead Dolores started chemo and antibiotics to treat the infection.

She would need surgery, but doctors were worried.

"I needed to be physically strong in order to do the surgery, I wanted to make it out of that hospital," said Erena.

A program sponsored by Central Baptist Hospital helped Dolores find her way to the gym.

The Empowerment Series provides breast cancer patients with valuable information while being surrounded by others fighting the same fight.

"We can provide their treatment for the cancer, but for their quality of life what can we do? We wanted to empower them, give them tools to help deal with the diagnosis in terms of their life,"said Peggy Wheeler, with Central Baptist Hospital.

Dolore's first meeting was a topic she needed to learn about, it was called Eat, Move, Live.

The rest is history for Dolores, she now works out regularly.

Her trainer Grant pushes her on days she wants to give up and the good news, she was able to have surgery.

"When the surgeon says I don't think I've ever done a surgery after chemo and there was nothing left," said Erena.

To Dolores Erena, that was worth all the sweat!

The Empowerment Series is made possible by a grant from the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

It meets regularly at Central Baptist Church in Lexington.

For more information on the series you can call Central Baptist or log on to their website

As for Dolores she is now working towards having reconstruction surgery.

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