Every week I get a little better. I have some setbacks here and there but things are consistently getting better. I’m able to do housework without falling on the couch every ten minutes. I don’t feel exhausted walking around the block. I’m getting better.
I started the Living Strong, Living Well program at the YMCA down the street. Living Strong, Living Well is a 12-week program through Stanford for cancer patients post treatment. The program meets two times a week and includes a free membership to the Y for the duration of the course.
It looks like I am the youngest person in our group. And it’s crazy how sick some of my teammates are. Some of them are dealing with metastasis, many are still bald. Most of us are the definition of the walking wounded. And we’re all there to exercise? Yes.
Doesn’t it give you hope? I mean here we are, a bunch of sick people getting together to do cardio, lift weights and stretch together. Cancer patients all. It kind of redefines the concept of “No Excuses” doesn’t it?
A part of me think it’s a completely insane concept. Here we are, dealing with some serious stuff while we run or walk on a treadmill or wrestle with an elliptical trainer. A bunch of cancer patients lifting weights. It’s kind of absurd if you think about it. But it’s great. It’s a way to give cancer the finger.
It gives me hope for all of us, you know?
And I have found that it takes my mind off of things. Exercise is a good distraction.
I hope someday soon I will start to actually feel human again. I can dream, can’t I?