Anyone else fighting cancer or coming back from cancer?

I wish you luck on your journey! It’s a delicate balance of exercise and rest. Being fit will definitely help you endure the rigors of treatment but, you have to guard against too much fatigue too so that your immune system can do it’s job. And I was usually wrecked by the 3rd day of chemo (I did 3 days on, then 2 weeks off for 5 months) so exercise was out of the question for me for a few days after each “on” week ended.

Regardless, being on the bike always helped my mentality too!

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Thank you for the positive vibes and being inspiring and sharing that with us :heart_eyes:

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Thanks @hmaceachran
It sounds like your treatment was an endurance event. I hope you are well and strong now …
I think you’re right about balance. I’m making a commitment to trust the specialist nurse and follow her advice as I go along.

Based on my own experience being fit and training will definitely help you. I never pushed much beyond 90% and that level seemed to be ideal for me. I found this research the motivation I needed.

And lots of similar articles research had appeared. I particularly liked the Macmillan piece on exercising and their vicious circle flow chart.

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Oh wow, I’m really sorry to hear about your diagnosis. Fingers crossed that they got a wide enough margin, and you won’t need further surgery. You’ve been through a bunch recently. Sending you lots of strength and good vibes!!! :heartbeat:

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Macmillan are doing some great work. They pointed me in the direction of SafeFit which is a research project to determine the benefits of exercise during cancer treatment. I’m not sure how flexible they will be in terms of types of exercise etc. But I think it will be a useful source of information.

It’s so good that exercise is now being considered more and more as part of treatment.

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Thanks for reaching out again @dhellman .

Your kindness means alot :heart_eyes:

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Every cancer treatment and journey is different. I can’t immagine exercising during my chemo and radiation treatment.

I had major surgery first then followed up with a 6 week chemo and radiation. The fatigue was really bad as were the side effects from the radiation and chemo. The biggest thing was the radiation was targeted at my mouth and neck, affecting my ability to eat. Lost lots of weight but lots of fitness too. I’m faster than ever now but it was a tough road back.

Thinking back I wouldn’t trade the experience. Even the follow up diagnosis of melanoma 8 months after finishing my head and neck treatment.

It has made me look at everything differently and appreciate life much more.

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Ooh that sounds horrible. My chemo drugs fooled the nerves into thinking they were getting crushed by cold so you couldn’t breath cold air too deeply or touch cold food but at least I could get some and stay stabilish during. There wasn’t much weight for me to lose either. But touch wood I seem faster than ever now, I’m glad you are too and I hope things are better now :+1:

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I wonder what has made you faster than ever…

Perhaps training through it and at the same time regulating my self to 80-90% at most and when I lifted the cap my body was adapted and comfortable at that level and pushing beyond it feels comfortable too.

Perhaps also whilst I thankfully didn’t have major weight swings what I did lose; with training it grew back as muscle rather than fat.

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I think I got faster by being more intentional with everything I do in life now. I work harder and I train harder. I trained before but it wasn’t nearly as dedicated as I was before. I also lost 50 lbs in the process so losing a quarter of your bodyweight makes you faster as a cyclist.

I know what pain is not too. If it’s painful on the bike, it’s nothing compared to radiation pain.

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I had some good news on Friday. There was a clear margin around what they removed, so no need for further surgery :blush: Just got to see what oncology has planned for me now…
They gave me the all clear to resume normal activities, so we headed off to Wales for a pre planned holiday. I strapped my boob up with tape and we hit the reds and blacks, with a big grin ,:smiley:
Best therapy ever!

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8 days after the end of radiotherapy (5 days intensive, equivalent to 15 sessions) to the chest.
I’m staying active and positive.
I’ve had a kind of heart burn/ sore throat feeling the past few days. This morning it’s like I have something in my throat - like when you’ve swallowed a tablet and it’s not gone down. Plus a feeling like heart burn.

Makes me feel a bit panicky tbh. Does this fade or get worse?

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Apparently, Esophagitis resolves itself after 2-4 weeks…panic over…

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