BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — A new monthly lifestyle program is helping breast cancer survivors come together and get moving. In this week’s Living Well wtih Michelle, Michelle talks to the women behind Forge Lifestyle Series: Survive Strong. 

Benchmark Physical Therapy Clinic Homewood director Amanda Peterson was studying physcial therapy at Duke University when her mom’s best friend was diagnosed with breast cancer. 

“And I noticed that she had so many side effects that weren’t really being addressed,” said Peterson. “She passed while I was at Duke. So I really wanted to learn more about what was out there recovering from breast cancer.” 

Today, Peterson is giving back to the cause. Benchmark Physical Therapy in Homewood has partnered with Forge Breast Cancer Survivor Center to create “Survive Strong.”

Forge Breast Cancer survivor Center director Caroline McClain hopes the classes are as fun as they are informative.

We try to make sure that those who are participating can come not only to have community and support and friendship with the people that are there,” said McClain. “But then also they can learn something new and take it with them after the class to be able to practice.” 

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