|Jennifer Griffin, 41: Six-Month Breast Cancer Survivor|
What I learned: Exercise has healing powers
"Last September, just a week after I was diagnosed with stage III breast cancer, a friend dragged me to a Pilates class, hoping it might lift my spirits. I'd exercised in fits and spurts over the years but never had a consistent routine.
While I loved class, I wasn't sure if I'd be able to work out during chemo, so I joined the gym on a month-to-month basis. "To my surprise, Pilates classes were a therapeutic ritual, giving me the strength to deal with the side effects of my breast cancer treatment. Sculpting my body also made me feel beautiful—which was especially important at a time when I had no hair. And six months later, after a double mastectomy, those toned muscles helped me get back on my feet quickly. I now practice Pilates three times a week."