In the spring of 2015, a small group of “sisters” began gathering to support each other in the aftermath of breast cancer treatment. A few of us had met during chemo, others were referred by friends. It evolved very organically. We were brought together by the common experience of being in the trenches and trying to decipher how to move forward after the “battle”– post-surgery, post-chemo, post-radiation, post-the life that we used to know. Our group has grown to over 120 members (as May 2018). We meet once a month. Our gatherings include listening to educational speakers, sharing meals and focusing on moving forward in the most healthful way we know how—DRAGON BOAT RACING!
We are women of all ages and backgrounds, from newly diagnosed to long-time survivors. We embrace the philosophy that EXERCISE IS THE BEST MEDICINE
Dragon boat racing and other forms of upper body exercise is safe and actually beneficial for individuals treated for breast cancer and lymphedema.
Dragon boat racing allows us to nurture the athlete in each of us and to appreciate the value of working together toward a common goal: not only to survive but to THRIVE
" When you’re fighting breast cancer, you’re in a place where your life stops for a minute while the world moves on around you. The Silver Lining women provide true inspiration and real relationships that are uplifting and energizing. To be in that boat is amazing. Racing a dragon boat allowed me to do something physical, even when it seemed like I should not have been able to. The spirit of the women surrounding me and the rest of our team gave me the strength I needed not only in that moment, but while I’m fighting cancer. "
Meet Shana Duffalo