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Certified Cancer Exercise Specialist - Cathy Shea, M.S.

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Q&A with Cathy A. Shea, M.S., Certified Cancer Exercise Specialist


I was working with a client who was actively going thru chemotherapy. As we continued working together she often requested that I send a copy of her exercises to her personal trainer. When the client mentioned her trainer was a Certified Cancer Exercise Specialist I knew we needed to connect. Cathy and I met at her studio and since then we have partnered several times to offer Physical Therapy and Personal Training to clients. We share a common passion for the wellness of our clients and their families.  Blending our backgrounds enables us to widen our ability to reach a diverse group of people and achieve our clients goals.  Look at the below Q&A to learn more about Cathy.


How long has your passion been helping people reach their fitness goals?

I became a Certified Personal Trainer when I was 20 years old; 28 years ago. I have never lost sight of my passion to help people make changes in their lives

what has been the biggest challenge you have found in helping reach their fitness goals?

The commitment from a client is always a big challenge. It takes time, scheduling, and rearranging priorities. Many individuals struggle with staying motivated and dedicated.  This presents a challenge. Motivation is driven from inside a person. Unfortunately, I am not able to do the work for the client.

When did you become interested in specializing in exercises for cancer survivors

My Mother passed away two years ago from cancer. It was during her illness that I realized I felt a “calling” to become more involved with helping those stricken with cancer.

Since beginning your journey with specialization into a cancer exercise specialist what have been the surprises along the way?

A big surprise is insurance companies are unwilling to assist in reimbursement for my specialty. Many of my clients cannot afford additional expenses while they are undergoing treatment.

what has been the biggest challenge you have faced with your specialization?

Loosing a client to the devastating disease. I become emotionally attached to my clients and their families. I feel the loss on a deep level when a client faces death due to cancer.

how do you personally stay fit/healthy?

I have been a marathon runner for 27 years. I also combine weight training, Pilates, Yoga, and resistance training in my weekly routine.

what are you core beliefs around health?

I believe heath is similar to spokes on a wheel. It includes physical, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, occupational, and environmental wellness. If one spoke on the wheel is “off”, the entire wheel will wobble. I believe it is important to balance our lives as the spokes balance the wheel.


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