While doctors prescribed an array of medications and treatments for her disease, one breast cancer survivor found that the best course of therapy was navigating her sailboat through faraway waters.
Emma Pontin, who has sailed in round-the-world races and several transatlantic crossings, was diagnosed with breast cancer in October 2006, as she was preparing for her latest race, CNN.com reports.
While she was forced to drop out of the competition, Pontin later found that sailing would be integral to her triumph over the disease.
"The diagnosis blew me out of the water. I got up and continued to do my job and I realized that the more I continued sailing, the more I could mentally take on the
cancer," Pontin told the news source.
She added, "The water took me as far away from my treatments as possible."
Now a champion of the breast cancer awareness
cause, the sailor is planning another round-the-world voyage with 42 men and women who have suffered from breast cancer for Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October 2011.
The Mayo Clinic reports that women may reduce their chances of developing breast cancer by limiting their alcohol intake, controlling their weight and staying active.