Diagnosis and Beyond

Lets’ talk about this, meet this problem, demon, enemy head on.  Cancer in its many forms is now very common and if we haven’t been affected by cancer ourselves we all know someone who has been affected, either them or someone they know, it’s unfortunate.

But finding strength to manage this is very important.  The word cancer makes people shiver but now medical advances and technology and knowledge are making inroads and helping people more and more and recovery rates are increasing.

Your own health and fitness during this time is really important in helping you through, after treatment and beyond.  I don’t generalise here because like everything to do with the body it is all very personal to the person involved and how they respond to their treatment.

There are many benefits of exercise for us all and we have to go with how we are feeling every day and working with that.

Quite often during chemotherapy treatment patients feel quite awful and days are lost in recovery whilst they cope with the chemicals against the body.  The chemicals attack bad cells and also the good ones which makes you feel really ‘shit’.

In the past, people being treated for a chronic illness (an illness a person may live with for a long time, like cancer or diabetes) were often told by their doctor to rest and reduce their physical activity. This is good advice if movement causes pain, rapid heart rate, or shortness of breath. But newer research has shown that exercise is not only safe and possible during cancer treatment, but it can improve how well you function physically and improve your quality of life.

Too much rest can lead to loss of body function, muscle weakness, and reduced range of motion in someone with a chronic illness. So today, many cancer care teams are urging their patients to be as physically active as possible during cancer treatment. And now, many people are learning about the advantages of being physically active after treatment as well.

Ways regular exercise may help you during cancer treatment

  • Keep or improve your physical abilities (how well you can use your body to do things)
  • Better balance, lower risk of falls and broken bones
  • Keep muscles from wasting due to inactivity
  • Lower the risk of heart disease
  • Lessen the risk of osteoporosis (weak bones that are more likely to break)
  • Improve blood flow to your legs and lower the risk of blood clots
  • Make you less dependent on others for help with normal activities of daily living
  • Improve your self-esteem
  • Lower the risk of being anxious and depressed
  • Lessen nausea
  • Improve your ability to keep social contacts
  • Fewer symptoms of tiredness (fatigue)
  • Help you control your weight
  • Improve your quality of life

We still do not know a lot about how exercise and physical activity affect your recovery from cancer, or their effects on the immune system. But regular moderate exercise has been found to have health benefits for the person with cancer.

If you feel that you would like to talk to me and see if I could help you then I would be only too glad for you to have a free complimentary phone call with me.  The only thing that I ask is that you answer the following questions and send them to me so I am ready and prepared for your call.

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    What is that brought you to contact us today?

    What is the main thing you feel you need help with?

    Why do you feel you need a coach? Why not do it yourself?

    What have you already tried?

    And how has your illness made you feel?

    Did you exercise before your illness?

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