“I have no idea where to start.” “What the heck am I doing?” “I can’t do this.” “This isn’t going to work.”
These are all things we’ve said or thought at some point in our lives about something. For me, these are all statements I’ve said over the last several years when trying to figure out how to make a resource for the cancer population available. For some of you reading this, these may be things you’ve told yourself about a job, a relationship, or even about cancer.
What I’ve learned over the last several years, and what has been particularly screaming at me these last few months is that we tell ourselves a lot of lies (see list above). You most certainly do know where to start and what you are doing. You also can do this, and it is going to work one way or another. Maybe not on your first try, and maybe you’ll have a lot of learning/growing to do, but it’s going to be good.
I am here to provide people the opportunity to truly live through cancer treatment and after it. Just how after someone experiences a heart attack and goes through cardiac rehab, there should be programs available to people who have cancer and are going through treatment or dealing with the horrible side effects completing treatment brings. You likely know this already, but the side effects can be so intense for people at times that some opt out of treatment completely to avoid it. While that’s a choice that is theirs to make, and I am certainly not in any place to judge that, I am here to offer a positive light in all of this.
Physical activity can make treatment more tolerable. It can reduce the severity of those side effects that may be looming over you, causing you to consider choosing to not undergo treatment altogether. Physical activity is so powerful it can improve your life mentally, physically (go figure), spiritually, and in so many more ways than you may realize.
Physical activity, exercise, movement all mean different things to different people. All of them are worth doing. The fitness industry can be overwhelming at times, and can make ‘being active’ hold a seemingly unattainable meaning. You do not have to do something you hate. In fact, you’re far better off doing something you love than forcing yourself to do burpees. Heck, if you’re someone who likes burpees, (we are of different feathers, but that’s your prerogative) do some for those of us who can’t stand them.
If you’re someone who likes walking, that is also great. Do what you like and do what you can. Be kind to yourself, and know that you are going to have your good days and your bad days. Give yourself grace and space to rest when you need it, and reward your body with movement when you can tolerate it. You’ve got this.
This is my first blog post, and I hope it reaches someone who needs to hear something from it. I am offering in-person and through-the-web services to individuals with cancer who are about to start treatment, have begun it already, or who have recently completed it. Reach out with any questions you may have - I am always eager to help!