Sunday, February 8, 2009

Triathlete Pushes Exercise for Cancer Patients

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- There weren't many days during Sarah Breier's eight-month treatment 5 1/2 years ago for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma when she did not exercise.

Breier would haul herself out of bed in the morning, trudge outdoors and run three miles. Evenings she headed off to the pool for two kilometers of lap swimming. For this world-class triathlete, it wasn't always pleasant, but she credits this regimen with helping to save her life.

"It's made me stronger. Getting through cancer was harder than any triathlon I've ever done," she said. "You just realize how fragile you are, and you realize how capable you are of fighting something. It toughens you up mentally and physically."

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