Roberta Jacobs-Meadway on Dragon Boating and Fighting Cancer

In the 2011 issue of Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, we spoke with Philadelphia-based IP attorney Roberta Jacobs-Meadway of Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott about her career and her battle against breast cancer. In this excerpt, she discusses how an unlikely sport aided in her recovery.

I was diagnosed [with breast cancer] in 2007 and went under a lumpectomy and radiation. As I was beginning the recovery, I was fortunate enough to discover a sport that I had never participated in before: dragon boating. I discovered an entire community of breast cancer survivors who were involved in dragon boating. It was one of those things that greatly aided in my recovery, not only physically, but just in terms of attitude.

When I first had my procedure, I was given one of these typical lists of thou-shalt-nots. It was "Thou shalt not lift anything over five pounds; thou shalt not get your blood pressure taken on that side; and thou shalt not engage in gardening, and thou shalt not live!" You look at the restrictions and you say, "Whoa. What's this all about?" And through dragon boating and the community you realize that, frankly, most of that's bunk. The sooner you disregard that kind of advice, the sooner you're going to get your life back together.

Read the full Q&A here.