Yoga instructor gives back after battle with cancer

Published: Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 02:22 PM.

"That's a rough surgery," she says now. "But the type of cancer I had was a very aggressive type and I did what I had to do to live."

Papciak underwent six months of chemo and she passed the five-year mark in March 2011 cancer free.

However, in April 2012 Papciak got sick with flu-like symptoms. Tests showed the cancer had returned — this time in her lungs.

"I felt like I wasn't going to make it," she says now.

Even though the cancer had metastasized to another location, Papciak says the good news is that it was not lung cancer, but the exact same cancer as was in her breast, which means it is easier to cure.

Papciak is a certified yoga instructor at Balance Health Studio in Seagrove. After learning of her diagnosis, for six weeks straight all the girls at the yoga studio took turns taking organic foods and juices to her. 

In treatment since early May, Papciak feels she is getting well and is back to teaching spin and yoga classes.

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