“On December 14, 2014, I was diagnosed with breast cancer in both breasts. In March 2015, I underwent a double mastectomy followed by chemotherapy. Before surgery, a friend told me about the Cancer Rehabilitation Program at Touro Infirmary, and I decided to check it out. I met with Lil and Laura where they made me feel welcomed. They also gave me a strong sense of support. I learned about lymphedema and different massage treatments.” Lymphedema is a swelling that occurs in both your arms or legs caused by the removal or damage of your lymph nodes.
“I couldn't have made it through chemotherapy and recovery on my own. It was not only the therapy that Laura, my PT, provided but her compassion, positivity and care, which had a tremendous effect on my recovery. I looked forward to seeing my therapist every week. Half of my recovery goes to the Cancer Rehab Program, and the other half to me. I love Touro, and I believe everyone should know about the Cancer Rehabilitation Program. I wanted to give back to the facility that helped me recover, and I now volunteer in the Infusion Center.”
-- Marsha Jordy, Cancer Rehab Program patient
“Over two years ago, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I decided to go through treatment at Touro Infirmary because I liked that Touro treats the whole person, both physically and spiritually. I had a bilateral mastectomy, partial reconstruction, chemotherapy and reconstruction again. Everyone at Touro made me feel like I was the only patient. I met Lil at a Cancer Support Group, and she informed me about the Cancer Rehabilitation Program. “
“My life has been saved twice through cancer treatment and the Cancer Rehabilitation Program. After treatment, I could barely move and keep my balance, and I wasn’t getting enough sleep. My therapist Frannie helped me set realistic goals and find a balance in life. My head used to spin while trying to fall asleep, and she taught me techniques to ease my mind. I adapted a healthy diet and exercise regimen because of the support from Frannie. I do weight training and yoga. I have built up my core to help with my balance. I also do stretching to help my scar tissue. ”
“The Cancer Rehabilitation Program has helped me to go back to work. Before Frannie, I couldn't paint or write on the chalkboard. I am now able to move around when I teach my class and can even do art with the children without feeling any pain. I have even shared some of the relaxation and stretching techniques with my students. I feel like shouting from the rooftops about the Cancer Rehab Program. I am thankful to have the Touro Cancer Rehab Program on this journey with me.”
Lesley Rubenstein, Cancer Rehab Program patient
Cynthia Matthews, Cancer Rehab Program patient
I’ve had such a positive experience with my physical therapy. Melissa, my therapist, is patient, kind and encouraging, she has really made a difference in my life. Prior to physical therapy, I had trouble getting in and out of a vehicle and walking quickly. Therapy has truly improved my range of motion, flexibility, strength and endurance. I have a new outlook!
Uldean Hawkins, Cancer Rehab Program patient
The Cancer Rehabilitation Program at Touro really helped me. When I first started the program, I was feeling distraught and depressed. Now I’m doing well after physical and occupational therapy. I really feel better and am able to help other patients who are struggling.
Thanks to the therapists, my balance is better and I've learned how to hold a knife to cut seasonings and cook again in the Touro cooking class. Now I’m back to cooking my legendary gumbo at home for my family."
“I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in September 2015 and started chemotherapy in October. In January 2016, I finished treatment and was referred to Touro’s Cancer Rehabilitation Program. After completing chemotherapy, I was in constant discomfort and developed chemo induced neuropathy. I had major pain in my heels and hips, which made it difficult to walk and stand. I could not stand up any longer than 10 minutes at a time. My therapist Alex recommended this new treatment called Anodyne Therapy to relieve pain in my heels.”
Anodyne Therapy delivers therapeutic benefits such as a temporary reduction in pain, muscle spasm and increase circulation. It’s an infrared therapy device, which causes a biological chain of reactions in the tissue. The device increases circulation, brings oxygen and nutrients to injured areas, expedites healing and reduces pain.
“Anodyne therapy worked to lessen the effects of the peripheral neuropathy. Thanks to Alex, the pain in my heels and hips has completely disappeared. Thanks to Anodyne, I was able to go back to work and start exercising again. Anodyne and the Cancer Rehab Program at Touro have allowed me to regain my quality of life. “
-- Anonymous, Cancer Rehab Program patient