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YMCA Livestrong

Updated: Tuesday, November 5 2013, 07:22 AM EST
It's a membership that has its privileges, even though it's a club no one wants to join.

As News 13's Jay Siltzer explains, cancer survivors can find their "new norm" with support in more ways than one.

Participants in this new Livestrong program at the YMCA in Hendersonville are cancer survivors, and they aren't slowing down.

Jacque Combs, cancer survivor, "when you're able to move your body at will and do things maybe you can't do on a daily basis -- particularly when you're sick -- it's really awesome."

Gail McCaslin, cancer survivor, "it keeps you strong. It keeps you from becoming weak."

Fitness instructor Roxanna Pepper combines enthusiasm and realism for a class unlike any other.

Roxanna Pepper, fitness instructor, "you have to meet them at their own levels and strengths but once they know they can do it, they're going to do it and that's very exciting."

Equally exciting for survivors, there is no charge for the program funded by the Y and The Pardee Hospital Foundation.

Kim Hinkelman, Pardee Hospital Foundation, "in cancer, they tend to talk about the new normal, this is a fantastic program that helps these women and men get back to that new normal in their life."

Rachel Dudaskik, YMCA Livestrong Program Coordinator, "while we don't call it a support group, because there are a lot of wonderful support groups out there, it kind of happens organically."

The next session of Livestrong at the Y will begin in February lasting for 12 weeks.  Cancer survivors who participate receive a free 3-month family membership at the Y.

For more information, call (828) 210-9607.YMCA Livestrong

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