Battling breast cancer three times is not a war most women have to fight. But from 2000 through 2006, Wendy Hailey was in and out of doctor's offices and hospitals for surgeries, chemotherapy, radiation and countless checkups.
"You don't expect it once," Wendy said. "You don't expect it twice. You never expect it three times."
After her third diagnosis of breast cancer, Wendy was ready to be done with the disease. She opted for a double mastectomy and finished what she thought would be her final rounds of chemotherapy and radiation.
Just two years later she heard “cancer” again, cervical cancer.
“Every time you hear the word ‘cancer’ it is hard, but the fourth time I was too determined to let it get me down,” Wendy says. “I opted for a hysterectomy and was ready to fight. With the help of the Sentara Cancer Network physicians and advancements, I was able to recover after almost a decade of facing diseases.”
Throughout her multiple treatments, Wendy knew she had to keep her strength and stay healthy. With a referral from her physician, Wendy was recommended for a scholarship to the Sentara Center for Health and Fitness cancer fitness program.
The program offers exercise and nutrition education with a continuum of care. It seeks to reduce cancer reoccurrences for survivors of all types of cancer.
After her final surgery, Wendy was ready to get back to the fitness center and begin building her strength back up.
“I am so thankful for the Sentara Center for Health and Fitness and the Sentara Cancer Network for helping me battle through my cancer journey,” she notes.