HAMBURG, N.Y. (WIVB)- A young breast cancer survivor is dedicating her life to help others manage stress and live healthier.
Sara Szeglowski says she was working a high stress job when she was diagnosed with stage 2B breast cancer. At 38-years-old, she went through chemotherapy and radiation, had a double mastectomy and lymph nodes removed. The treatment took a year.
“Once I finished my treatment, I really just felt like the ground had opened up underneath me,” she said. “I was just really, really lost.”
She had practiced yoga her whole life and discovered after her treatment, it helped her heal.
“Very quickly I found that yoga was really helping me put the pieces together,” said Szeglowski.
She said it helped her regain the ability to lift her arm and gave her a new sense of joy. Now, she wants to help others find the same sense of peace.
Szeglowski started teaching classes for others in treatment and recent survivors. She also put together a video for Roswell to teach cancer patients in hospital how to do yoga in bed.
She expanded her yoga classes to anyone who was interested.
“I think what I learned from cancer is that we’re all so fragile and I looked around and just saw how stressed out people are,” she said. “They don’t have to have a disease or wakeup call like cancer to be very, very stressed and for it to manifest in their bodies and in their lives.”
In September, Szeglowski opened her Shine Yoga studio in Hamburg. She hopes it will be a positive outlet for the community.
“A place where anyone, a cancer survivor or someone who is just stressed out, like all of us are I think these days, who can bring their problems into this space and be cared for, be working to improve themselves, find their own kind of purpose,” she said.
She offers classes every day of the week.