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More and more research shows that exercise is vital in cancer treatment….make it a regular routine…I have a background in exercise physiology and cancer and would be happy to help anyone
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Haven't heard from anyone lately re exercise during and after treatment…..would love to share my expand assist anyone with theirs…..anyone!!😎
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Good morning, what do you mean by expand/assist? Thank you.
And I meant to say" share my experience and assist any way I can"
Liked by Merry, Volunteer Mentor
@georger– Good morning. Hang in there, people will respond. Exercising during chemo is a tough grape to swallow because so many people believe, as did I, that chemo makes you very ill and you need to rest. I wish that you had been here when I needed a boost, but that was years ago. I did get out and walk but my chemo really beat me up, and you know all about the fatigue.
Please describe the exercises that you are talking about.
My exercise varied but I have a masters in exercise physiology so I come from a different angle than most. Essentially I attempted to keep up a l routine of rowing, biking, and/or jogging. The intensity varied, of course, but the schedule stayed pretty consistent. And the research now shows how important it is. I tried to personally train local cancer patients but met no success so am considering social media instead. This site is my first attempt.
@georger– Have you tried to hook up with a cancer center or something akin to that?
I tried..no luck
@ginpene05– Oh boy, do I know this behavior well! I have made up more excuses than can be counted to not workout. And I LOVE everything that I feel after working out and the results! I even hope that a class is cancelled! lol. I think that I have been so use to failure in certain aspects in my life that I set this up as another one. I have just started back, hopefully I can keep it up. I tend to run when certain things are tough.
Boy, can I relate. I do the same thing. Am struggling now to walk round the back yard-I am so tired–it has been ten days since lung surgery and I am exhausted and coughing. A PT therapist will be here Monday. If you know any way to increase motivation, please let men now.
@alamogal635 ,- I know just what you mean. you just had major chest surgery. They removed part of your lung, so you have less oxygen circulating throughout your body. You will be tired for a while. There's nothing unusual. Did you have a lobescopy or wedge?
Thank you. I read about his stuff, but going through it is another thing. I feel like I"m taking up other people's more important issues with my small worries. Anyway, I am glad the cancer is out. Now we move to every three months for CT scans. DOn't hav one set up yet, but will deal with that when it comes. I had a lobectomy. My gosh when I mentioned it to the nurse after surgery I called it a lobotomy! I think bit by bit I"m getting a bit better each day. Thank you fro the above. It really helped.
Hi @georger I just started the Livestrong program at the local YMCA. It’s been great so far. I had 7 breast surgeries for breast cancer due to several complications. My upper body is extremely weak as I haven’t been able to use my arms for 2 years until now. I wonder how damaged my chest muscles are and if I’ll ever regain strength. I know that scar tissue stops me from reaching over my head but I think it will help the scar tissue to break up if I push myself to continue. Before breast cancer I worked out with a kettlebell and was in pretty good shape. The Livestong program is good because it’s introducing me to many types of exercise and it’s helpful to be with others who have limitations. I’m hoping that I’ll continue to workout once the program is completed! I am positive for the BRCA gene and will need more surgery but I’m trying to postpone it until the Fall. I hope to be stronger by then.
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Boy you have had a journey.As you said, everyone is different and unique in there treatment and recovery but overall I think it has been great for your mind and body that you have kept exercising during your treatment and recovery. You might try bicycling or another activity that would give you the benefits but might not have the complications associated with running. And I'm all in on Livestrong and I have my yellow bracelet on as we speak. Best of luck and keep moving. And thanks for sharing!!
I just finished LiveStrong and now have an opportunity to work with the cardio-oncology exercise program at Mayo Clinic. My last chemo for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma was November, so I am finally feeling more energy from a very difficult recovery time. I'm anxious to see what they can do for me but need to stir up some motivation to participate.
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@mnpen– Welcome to Connect. Good for you. I did that program years ago, it's great isn't it. I can really empathize with you about being motivated to exercise. When I feel like this I think back to when I had cancer, when I was going through chemo and when I felt awful. That motivates me because I use to say, if I get through this….. And I got through it. I have to live up to the promise I made, or I would feel worse. Go for it, you can do it.
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Boy anything I could help you with….in terms of testing, motivation, etc….anything I can do….Non hodgkins for me too
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