Finding Strength in Numbers
Finding Strength in Numbers: Meet Debbie Cosenza
Debbie, a long-time group exercise enthusiast at acac, found that classes took on new meaning after her cancer diagnosis in 2012. In this video, Debbie shares how she found strength in numbers.
Video transcript below:
“Since 2002 I have been a member of acac West Chester, since the doors opened. I was a very busy working mom, always stressed, and I found that taking group exercise classes kept me on track because it forced me to make an appointment, scheduled in my calendar, to go make a class. It was also a great place to meet new friends, other people—like-minded people—outside of work. Great instructors and just have that experience that was healthy and kept me fit.”
Debbie was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer in January 2012.
“So in January 2012, I was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer. At that point I had no idea how all of the friends that I had made at acac were going to rally around me. I mean, folks that I worked out with all the time brought me dinner, sent me gifts, cards, encouraged me, hugged me, cried with me, and it was just a wonderful thing. When I walked into class after about the second treatment—my hair all fell out and I was bald, so I put a scarf on because I was a little embarrassed. And then one of the girls in the class came over and tapped me on the shoulder and said, “Hey, you know what … take off that scarf. Enjoy yourself.” And I did. And the instructor and everybody just, you know, they clapped and they’re like, “Just enjoy yourself. You’re here. You’re among friends. Don’t worry about it.” It was so … it was wonderful. I just spun around and I could feel the tears just running down my eyes because I felt so happy. I felt like I was alive, like I was me again. I got so much encouragement and so much drive from … from that … that it was … it was such a great part of healing. And I thank everyone at acac.”
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