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abita
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I am not sure how many of you know that I have been trying to get started with cardio thinking that it will help with the dismal fatigue and maybe even help fight the cancer.

Well, I know most people won't understand how proud I am of a mere 6 minutes at an incline on the elliptical. But was thinking some of y'all might get how exciting it is to get started. This was on drowsy allergy meds and without a water bottle. It was kind of a "I am NOT going to say I will start tomorrow again" kind of, just get started. I am really hoping to eventually build up to 60 minutes.

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You go girl...I am so very proud of you!!!

Makes me feel like I need to put my shoes on and walk the dogs.

BerniceOB
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So happy for you!  I have seen how difficult exercise has been for my husband.  That is wonderful that you were able to do that!  I am very happy for you!  :)

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Thanks! 

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Six minutes is twice as long as three minutes. Every minute counts.

Celebrate each succsess.

Tru

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You go girl.  Sometimes starting is the hardest part!  
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Real Tar Heel
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Awesome. I feel much worse when I can't exercise, realizing on FOLFIRI going to have to force myself during the treatment week.

RudiTuesday
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Six minutes is an accomplishment. Good for you! Two years ago when I was going through chemo I would walk the perimeter of my backyard. It took 200 steps to walk around my yard. Sometimes I couldn't finish and would call my husband to come outside and help me back into the house. Last month I had my first clear scan in three years. Now I walk around my neighborhood daily. I can walk 3 miles now. We all have to start somewhere.  Keep it up! Start over if you have to, not every day will be good, but do what you can.

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Good for you Abita!  

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Way to go abita. I see what an effort it can be and it's good to see you take on the challenge!

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Although it is a cliche, getting started really is the hardest part.  You have done 6 minutes more than most people will do in a day - includling those that do not have cancer.  

You will build up to an hour, take your time and pace yourself.  Also there will be days when you may feel a bit better than other days doing this.  Do not let the days where you feel a bit off get to you.  Each time you do anything, it makes you feel better even if not 100% on your game that day.

There is a lot of research about exercise and cancer.  I saw one recently, need to find it again.  

Keep it going and keep posting updates.  I am cheering for you from here.

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Good for you, huge winning moment and I know you will have many more!!

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thanks for the encouragement! the only reason I made it on the machine today :)

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Cheering you on from the sideline abita you should be so proud 

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now you have some serious peer pressure!

keep up the good work

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Good for you, it's what many of us need. I started last week on a spa quality elliptical, because breaking a cheaper one really screws up the routine, lol. 230 lbs. demands a sturdy unit, but I'm on my way, and my ankles can stand that work much better than walking/jogging outside. Next on the list are sit-ups/crunches to tighten up this roadmap of a belly. It was my strongest muscle group once, guess we'll see what it has left in it. Good luck with your program, Abita......................................Dave

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I have a gym quality precor elliptical with incline. THe exact one I was using at my gym. I was distraught at my recurrence, and convinced myself that over time, the cost would be made up from what I saved on the gym membership. This is what makes it even more sad that I don't use it as I should

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This one has all the goodies including a 30 degree incline,,  which I leave up so I'm getting a bit of the stair stepper thing. When I was first diagnosed I got religious about the gym even on days I worked hard. That lasted until my first recurrance, which along with Cindy's bouncing back from her initial surgery and treatments, had me thinking we needed to enjoy our time, now, not work harder. So it became a now and then thing, when I felt like it, the kids would use it too, so it didn't seem a waste, and I had the weights too, so I was saving plenty not having the membership. When I got the second recurrance in my liver, and Cindy was really battling,  I just said ''screw it all'', and that attitude towards exercise has carried, mostly until this current year. Suddenly I'm caring or feeling in the mood to again, and thankfully I didnt give the stuff all away. Don't let it being there guilt trip you, Abita. Think of it as damn handy when you're in the mood, and your right to choose, if your not. Keep it positive and a challenge, because you sure don't owe a machine anything, you owe yourself all the good times and good feelings you can muster........................................Dave

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Don't be sad, you are doing it.  Out of all the things in the world, a piece of exercise equipment you like using is up there in a good purchase.  And having something right there is extremely valuable.  On days when I am not up to going out to run or bike (or when I went to gym for pool), having something right there was invaluable to have right there.  Putting on sneakers and walking to the treadmill often was what I needed to make sure I did something. 

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After my recurrence I have been afraid to use my lungs (if that sounds silly, it is) . You have movitaed me to get back on the treadmill. 

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I get that because I have 4 lung tumors. But I kind of hope it strengthens them.

Have you had surgery on your lungs. I have not.

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I had part of my left lung removed in 2016, with dozens of tumors still in them (over 6 dozen, they stopped counting years ago), including one that is about 6.5cm x 6.  Just did a 5K and 1/2 Marathon the other week, on treadmill because I was in the middle of a chemo cycle and figured it was a bit better for the first race of the year.  I should be on a couch on oxygen. But I am not :)  Just start slow and easy.

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That is so inspiring! I have 4 in my right lung, currently being kept "stable" by chemo. But even stable can sometimes mean a teeny bit of growth. So I always wonder how long until I feel the impact.

I also find it inspiring that you are able to have that much energy, and am thinking that maybe how they say cardio during chemo helps you fight the fatigue.

My liver tumors shrink to cells on chemo so much easier than the lung tumors. It is somewhat disheartening

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I started typing a reply last week, then had two computers and internet go out, had saved a part of it, but not all.  First two paragraphs below, then some more.  A bit less lengthy than original. LOL.  Trouble shooting then stayed off a bit.  

It was October 2017 when a scan indicated there was something happening for me. A .2 cm item on the lung and small lymph node involvement.  I crossed my fingers hoping just a reading thing/timing.  By December the .2cm went to .3cm.  And there were several more developing.  At that point there was no doubt.  That hit hard.  The October scan was 2-1/2 years after things started and I thought I was in the clear, since I counted my initial lung met, which led the the lung surgery in 2016, as being there at the beginning.  It was, but just too small to confirm.

My oncologist said not to start chemo, things were small and each chemo lasts a year (generally as a rule of thumb, many outliers of course).  So that is when I decided I was going to do something to keep me in as good a shape as possible.  My brother had done 1/2 Ironman a couple of weeks after my scan.  It was so cool.  Something I never in a million years thought I could do.  Particularly since I am really not a fan of running.  But called a coach and started.  

Made it about a year, and through one trial, before the scans showed it was time to get back on chemo.  My back also started hurting during this year, that was first spine met.  So started FOLFORI in October, 2018.  Kept things in check until December, 2019.  Then started LONSURF May 2020.  Actually reduced things by August.  Right now it is unclear if things in check still, so moved up scan to two months instead of three. Scan is next week.

I have dozens of tumors in my lungs.  Largest one about 6.5 cm x 6.5 cm, many in 1.5 to 2 cm range. Doctors asks me if I have trouble breathing.  Basically I don't.  More allergies than anything.  Occasionally going up the stairs, but they said many people have that.  All the working out has compensated for things. Two days ago I did a 75 mile bike (6 hours) on the trainer and a 3.5 mile run right after on the treadmill.  Did a 5 mile run outside yesterday.  It is crazy.  (I am slow).

So keep on going Abita.  Every minute you do is going to help.  It is not always easy getting going.  You know how it goes with this all.  And there are the borderline days.  "Am I really tired, or can I do something?"  There have been days where I look at my running shoes for a couple of hours.  Chillin' on the couch seems like the best idea those days.  But I get going, even a little bit.  Usually once I do get started, I keep on going longer than intended.  Yesterday I told my wife I was going to just do something to keep rust off.  Maybe a mile or so.  5 miles later :)

Anyway, anytime you need to talk about this, I am happy to do so.  

 

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