Sep 19, 2013 - 6:30 pm
I have been reading some posts and can't help but throw some thoughts out there about exercise. I think as cancer survivors depending on what cancer we battled determines what we are capable of accomplishing. However exercising is not for everyone. I think a healthy lifestyle is as important if not more so than exercise alone. I happen to be a nut. I work out almost every morning, three nights a week I teach and fight self defense and as result of eating properly ( a ton of anti oxidants ) via vitamins, blending and food I have found my way back to a decent weight after almost 10 months post treatment.it took me almost 8 months to get into a routine, the fatigue sucked! Those of us not lucky enough to be able to work out for whatever reason can achieve the same results by improvising. Taking a walk after meals, breathing exercises just staying active. i truly believe that aftert a certain period after radiation/and or chemo when we are able to resume eating/ swallowing - blending with a vegetable like kale along with berries , nuts , melons, carrots, celery,and flax seed along with some water and now I use a few teaspoons of whey protein( available in different favors) does wonders after a nice walk. Some of us are young and some older and some in between. The blending for me is unbelievable ! I am 55 years old and I can now match up against kids half my age. I do have some bad habits. I like to have a few drinks and thought it was a non factor in my recovery,however after three battles with thrush I have decided to not drink unless it is a very special occasion and eat a lot of yogurt. 1 night of drinking= two weeks of thrush - not worth it.
Like my Grandfather use to say" because of jogging there are more healthy people ending up in the cementary than ever before" I think his point was exercise is not for everyone but everyone should try their personal best to live As healthy as they can.
I know I am blessed - some times I feel guilty that I am doing so well when I read some of the posts of our fellow warriors who are not doing so well- sure I still suffer some side effects, but I choose to fight as best I can, and not dwell on what is wrong. Yeah being a survivor sucks but it is better than the alternative, and I say proudly " I AM A SURVIVOR"
i hope this post helps someone