The Back Story on Back in the Swing®
By Barbara C. Unell, author and founder, Back in the Swing
Everyone has a story about a moment in time that changed the course of her life. Indeed, the story of Back in the Swing USA began with one of those moments.
“As a leader of a National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center, I have enthusiastically supported and facilitated the development of clinical cancer survivorship care. This book is an essential, evidence-based compilation of what it means to provide that kind of comprehensive survivorship care—up-to-date information, support, and empowerment—that everyone deserves and needs for optimum health and well-being.”
—Roy Jensen, MD, Vice Chancellor and Director of The University of Kansas Cancer Center
“So what do I do on, well, tonight, or tomorrow, or next Thursday?” I innocently asked. “And how about Friday and Saturday, and the rest of every week until then? How do I improve and protect my health and reduce the risk of cancer recurrence . . . how do I get back in the swing?”
A dream comes true.
The rest, as the cliché goes, is history.
Along with a team of passionate, fun-loving, dedicated volunteers, I founded the grassroots, nonprofit organization Back in the Swing USA® in 2000 to fill the void in patients having access to personalized, comprehensive clinical breast cancer survivorship health care, education, and medical research.
Our name is our mission.
Back in the Swing points consumers and their physicians to the one universal reason that every person with a diagnosis of cancer chooses to get treatment, why she goes to the doctor, and why she suffers the surgeries and insults to her mind and her body: To get back in the swing of life, physically, emotionally, and spiritually, for the rest of her life.
The role of The Back in the Swing Cookbook promotes this mission of supporting breast cancer survivors from the vantage point of the whole patient and the complex nature of factors associated with a diagnosis and the treatment of breast cancer, along with the other unique factors to each breast cancer survivor. “Back in the swing of life” is where everyone wants to be the moment after she is diagnosed…and every day thereafter.