WHO WE ARE
The Crystal Coast Cancer Rehab Center is a non-profit program that was created in 2018 by Jayme Limbaugh in memory of her grandmother, Virginia Jayne, a strong woman who fought breast cancer in 1989 before passing away. Out of the lingering pain from the loss of her grandmother, Jayme made the decision to change lives and created the Crystal Coast Cancer Rehab Center solely to assist cancer survivors in any stage of their diagnosis or recovery.
After attending a program established by the University of Northern Colorado, Jayme brought her knowledge back to the Crystal Coast and developed the program from the ground up. Always referencing existing resources or attending new seminars, Jayme altered the program. She test ran it, and then altered the program once more to fit the needs of our community, making it now the most cohesive exercise rehabilitation center for oncology patients in North Carolina.
The main goal of the Crystal Coast Cancer Rehab Center is to improve the client’s quality of life and to offset any symptoms or side effects they may be experiencing as a result of their diagnosis, treatment, and prior medical history while maintaining flexibility on the client’s behalf through the stages of the program. The intake process allows staff to understand the client as a whole, not just their cancer diagnosis. The exercise specialists meet with the client for Intake A, which provides the specialist with information on who the client is, what their goals are, and any possible speed bumps that they may encounter. The second session involves baseline testing for the specialist to gain a basic understanding of the client’s physical abilities such as flexibility, cardiovascular endurance, and muscular strength. This assessment allows the specialist to create a fully customized, 12-week exercise program consisting of one on one hour long sessions with undivided attention from the specialist.
The Crystal Coast Cancer Rehab Center has touched everyone in some fashion, whether it be the client, a family member, or a friend. Unfortunately, we don’t have a way of curing cancer but we will work our hardest to provide some form of relief to those who are fighting and surviving a cancer diagnosis! If you are interested in our program, speak to your oncologist about a referral.
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WHAT WE DO
We provide cancer care that survivors need at the quality that would benefit them most.
According to statewide statistics there is an average of 522 Carteret County Carteret County Residents diagnosed with Cancer annually. Many of the survivors are struggling with medical bills, insurance and any out of pocket fees they must pay for treatment. This severely reduces opportunity for additional, yet impactful care from exercise physiology therapy. We work to fundraise, apply for grants and scholarships from various sources in order to provide high-quality services.
Our recent metrics showed a 31.3% overall increase in strength with a 17.3% overall increase in cardiovascular endurance. We have a goal of enrolling 50 survivors in 2022. Currently we have 41 survivors and look forward to an even larger sample size of data upon the conclusion of 2022.
Survivor improvement in metrics measured to determine effectiveness of our intervention are baseline strength, cardiovascular fitness, flexibility and balance. After the conclusion of each phase we recollect data to monitor decreasing decline during treatment and improvement after treatment.
“I feel like going to training each week and working out has helped me mentally. I think when diagnosed with cancer, you get scared and depressed. Working out and being told how good you are doing weekly helps your self esteem. It truly helped me to be able to get up by myself when I could not use my arms."
Ruth Roberts, Survivor