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posted: 10/9/2012 11:02 AM

Cara Novy-Bennewitz, Wilmette: Her book helps newly diagnosed patients

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By Cara Novy-Bennewitz

Hearing you have cancer is hard enough without the added burden of trying to figure it all out -- from where to start, who to see and what to do. I know this first hand.

While navigating my own cancer diagnosis in 2008, I kept thinking there's got to be a better way to gather information, understand it and keep organized.

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So after I completed my treatments I decided to write a guide book to help other newly diagnosed patients, and I became a Medical Ambassador for the American Cancer Society.

I also knew I could use my extensive background in fitness management to help educate and motivate others on the importance of staying physically active during and beyond cancer, so I created the website Working Out Cancer at caranovybennewitz.com to help others.

When I found out about the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer North Shore walk, I quickly gathered a group of friends and family and created our team, Working Out Cancer. We ranged in age from 9 to 90 and collected more than $2,000. This walk is the perfect combination of just the right distance, beautifully organized, close to home and no exorbitant fundraising requirements.

This year, I've decided to "pink differently" at the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer North Shore walk. I am supporting the cause by purchasing a table where my family and I will be encouraging participants to gift a copy of my book, "Diagnosis: Breast Cancer -- The Best Action Plan for Navigating Your Journey," to a loved one with breast cancer or to a local mammography center.

These books will be given directly to patients and proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society to help aid ongoing research and support programs; a win-win situation for all. Together, we really can make a difference. I encourage everyone to come out on Oct. 21 and participate in a worthwhile cause while getting some exercise as well.

Team: Working Out Cancer

Walking in: Making Strides Against Cancer North Shore

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