We all know how hard it can be to get motivated to hit the gym. Imagine finding the energy to train while you are fighting cancer? Siobhan O’Toole did just that. With the help of the incredible doctors at The Kinghorn Cancer Centre, Siobhan trained her way through cancer.

When Siobhan was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer known as triple negative breast cancer in May 2018, she was swift to respond.

Siobhan’s life changed when she was introduced to Dr Sara Wahlroos, Medical Oncologist at St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney, who enrolled her in a study of the impacts of weight bearing exercise on breast cancer patients.

During the program Siobhan was encouraged to walk 8000 steps a day and lift weights 3 times a week.

A depleted immune system led to illness after Siobhan began chemotherapy but with Dr Wahlroos’ program and encouragement, she kept with her exercise and health plan despite some extremely difficult days.

“Exercise gave me resilience. Chemo and cancer treatment is a marathon. You can’t sprint at the start to make it go faster. Having exercise gave me something to control during chemo. I couldn’t control the side effects but I could control weights and food. Exercise is also a prevention for depression”.

A passionate advocate for Dr Wahlroos’ research study, the pair now want to ensure everyone has free access to exercise, nutrition and mental health programs during their cancer treatments.

Join Siobhan and help cancer patients get the training and support they need to fight cancer with fitness.

St Vincent's Hospital Sydney

St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney was founded in 1857 by the Sisters of Charity, and today is one of Australia’s most iconic and highly regarded Hospitals. The Hospital provides significant training and research activities housing several specialty units that are internationally recognised as centres of excellence. These include heart and lung transplantation, bone marrow transplantation, cardiology, cancer care, AIDS/HIV, respiratory medicine, mental health and drug and alcohol services.
Co-located with St Vincent’s is Sacred Heart Health Service - one of Australia’s largest and leading palliative care and rehabilitation providers offering inpatient and outpatient services.

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