At 36, Caitlin Marcoux learned she had an aggressive form of breast cancer. The indomitable mother, licensed massage therapist, cyclist, paddle-board racer and yoga instructor immediately began blogging to help raise awareness about the disease among women under 40.
In her personal, inspiring, and sometimes provocative posts about her cancer experience, she advocates for early screening and the need for wellness while undergoing treatment. To help cancer patients practice this, Caitlin provides free yoga classes at her local hospital, Nantucket Cottage Hospital, and studio, the Yoga Room. Caitlin taught these classes, which are open to cancer patients and their caregivers, throughout her own 18 months of treatment.
Last year, Caitlin teamed up with Nantucket DJ Pete Ahern and several others to present Electric Love, a yoga, music and art benefit for Palliative & Supportive Care of Nantucket. The second annual Electric Flow honored Caitlin’s 20-year-old yoga student, Natasha Grosshans, who had recently passed away from duodenal cancer. Caitlin has also helped raise funds for the Young Survival Coalition’s 260-mile bike ride, the Tour de Pink.
One nominator says, “Caitlin’s writing and charitable work demonstrate that challenging all aspects of this disease takes strength from within.”
Caitlin writes, “I’ve tried to be authentic: presenting my vulnerabilities when feeling weak, and my fortitude when feeling strong. Hopefully together, we have demystified the big C at least a little, shed some light on chemotherapy, debunked mastectomy and embraced the healing process.
“I can no better explain to you why some of us survive and others pass than you could reassure your 20-something-year-old daughter that after immense heartbreak, she will in time fall in love again. But here I am. And here we are. And I’m still writing.”
Caitlin Marcoux mentors young cancer patients on the benefits of practicing yoga during treatment. Story told by Jordan Rich of The Jordan Rich Show on WBZ NewsRadio 1030. Visit www.theonehundred.org to learn more and meet the rest of our honorees.