My Dear Friend’s Story about Cancer and the Pilates Community

My dear friend, Gay Barnes’ story about the overwhelming support from the Pilates Community – Published in the Pilates Coreterly Newsletter from Balanced Body
By Gay Barnes and Jackie Gordon
One year ago today I completed chemo. Thank you for your extraordinary gifts, generous healing thoughts and prayers. I am, and always will be, overwhelmed by the community that I am lucky enough to be a part of and supported by. I believe it is because of you that I am here to celebrate my “Rebirth day.” I will be thinking of you with great appreciation as I celebrate.
May you be well.

I sent this email out July 1, 2009 after I finished one year of radical chemo- therapy treatment.
I’ve been in the fitness industry for over 25 years and a Pilates instructor at Synergy for the last 10 years. I have never been involved in anything quite like Pilates. Not only is it the most effective exercise I’ve ever done, but the people I have met and worked with have been extraordinary. It really is a close-knit community.
I never knew how important that community was until January of 2008.
I was diagnosed with Stage 3C ovarian cancer and had a radical hysterectomy the following month. The post-surgery recovery and radical chemotherapy left me almost completely debilitated. The treatment (specific for ovarian cancer) required six different installments. Each round of chemo, I.V. & I.P., included two nights in the hospital and one day in an outpatient chemo area. The first took place within three weeks of the surgery and then repeated every 21 days for six cycles. The effects on my body were overwhelming. Each treatment was worse than the last and left me exhausted and sick..… Read More »

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