Over the six months of treatments, Eleanor's physical appearance changed drastically. Although her body weakened, however, Eleanor gradually began to demonstrate an emotional and mental strength I hadn't seen before. She began to talk of her cancer favorably, sharing her insights and thirst for life with me and my students. I will never forget the last thing she told me, the week before she died, "Even though I started practicing yoga during the worst time of my life, it has changed me for the better. I have only ever accessed this deep peace I feel with my life and illness through yoga. I never would have made it this far without it."