October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Healthy Living Center
October 21, 2021

Leslie Pierose Scantling found the Treasure Valley YMCA Oncology Recovery Program so beneficial during her breast cancer journey that she hosted a fundraiser earlier this year to help fund program scholarships and honor those impacted by the disease.

This is her story:

"I was super hesitant to attend the program. At the time, I was mostly physically recovered. What I really needed was to have some one-on-one care outside of a clinical setting and try to get my strength back so that I felt like I was winning my battle and getting my life back."

“Survivorship is so complex. I learned that I had recovered from surgeries and treatment but learned how to be a survivor. And that meant acknowledging the mental and emotional toll the disease had on me as well. 

I was dealing with the impact of the diagnosis, dealing with residual fear, dealing with the loss of your physique. Our doctors help us deal with the physical scars. I needed help with the emotional ones. This program gave me the safe place to detangle all those elements of my Survivorship, and I am forever grateful for that opportunity. We as women don’t often give our emotional and mental Recovery the respect it needs. The Oncology Recovery Program treated me as a whole person…a whole broken person that needed to learn how to be a new version of whole as a survivor.

In addition, it is so hard to spend money on yourself in the big picture. I spent three months not even opening mail as I watched the arrival of a flood of bills and statements. It was hard to justify spending money on something that felt qualitative rather than an absolute medical necessity. No woman should face that choice.”

Leslie Pierose Scantling and her mother presented a check for $25,218 on May 8, 2021. The money was raised during the Flock Cancer Pink Street Stroll held in Boise. 

Leslie’s next Pink Street Stroll event to honor those impacted by breast cancer and raise money for scholarships will take place May 7, 2022, along Harrison Boulevard in Boise, Idaho. Stay tuned for event registration details next year!

The Oncology Recovery Program is designed to meet the needs of cancer survivors before, during, and/or after treatment in a safe and supportive environment. Financial Assistance is available.

  • Cancer-related fatigue
  • Health-related quality of life
  • Physical function
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Lymphedema