Oct 18, 2010 - 6:03 pm
As you probably already know, my husband is recovering from a subtotal gastrectomy where most of his stomach was removed & also had 12 weeks of ECX chemo treatment that he finishes the final course of tablets on Oct 26th.
He has been eating pretty well normal meals now since about 2 months post op, which was in mid June 2010. His weight post op was 50kg and he has fluctuated betwen 50 - 53kg ever since.
He was a very fit triathlete prior to the cancer & weighed in at around 60kg & I'd like to get him back up to that weight again before he starts trying to train again, as I am pretty sure, he will try to get fit enough to compete in triathlons again! However, he can only do this if he regains the weight & can then metabalize the food well enough to give him the energy he will require to train & compete. I am not sure if he will be able to make & store the glycogen required for sustained energy use.
I'd love to hear from anyone who has managed to get back into any sort of physical sports - running, swimming, biking, baseball, etc
He has a 'sportsman's' mind & won't eat full cream milk products, creams, high calorie nibbles like crisps etc - it just isn't in his nature. I can only shove 'so much' food down this throat without him rebelling - but I want him to be aware that training & competing without full body weight & sufficient nutrition could only cause other problems further down the track.