In September 2012, Georgina Cama Lee was encouraged to register for the Dorval-Sources-St-Henri Group Walk-a-thon by Scott Adams, member of the Hope & Cope exercise rehabilitation team. In the midst of chemotherapy treatment, she was very tired and could barely walk two blocks without being out of breath. Georgina managed to complete the entire 7 km. route, accompanied by her children and her spouse. Quite a feat for her! That day, Georgina had an epiphany: if she could do that walk, she could do much more!
A successful experience
Georgina was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011. Her first experience with Hope & Cope was with the Breast Friends support group. “It was the best thing that could have happened to me! When someone is diagnosed, it’s hard to talk about it with family or friends, everyone is sad and crying. What I like about this group is that it’s easy to talk. We laugh, we don’t cry. We know what it’s like to live with cancer.’’ The advice she received and the shared experiences made a big difference in her journey with cancer, but most importantly, she understood that someone can live for many years with metastatic cancer.
Soon after, Georgina was given a personalized exercise program that helped her recover from the treatment. She now does her own exercise program in her community, it helps her achieve physical and emotional balance. She has participated in aerobics, Tai Chi, Qi Gong, and wellness activities such as art studio and cooking, all offered at the Hope & Cope Wellness Centre.
Exercise has a positive impact
For Georgina, the Walk-a-thon demonstrates that exercise is beneficial for good health, and helps recovery after cancer treatment. Indeed, evidence shows that exercise has a positive impact on our well-being. She salutes the work of Alex Trichas and of André, Chris and Nick Dimopoulos who organize the event for 15 years. “These kind-hearted men organize this event every year and raise money so that people with cancer can benefit from the same programs I did. I wanted to contribute so that people would know about these, in my opinion, essential services. ‘’