That time when your oncologist is God on Earth.
When you hear the word ‘remission’ and you can’t quite believe he said it. Yeeesss! You heard right. One minute I’m in scanxiety mode and a bag of nerves; the fear and trepidation like no other emotions. Yet ready I am to face the music and receive my PET scan results. In the next instant I’m in the land of euphoria!
It’s at times like these when I feel for those who don’t get the good news, those who start arranging their own funerals and then leave their families in tatters. I think of the friends I’ve known, loved and lost since my diagnosis almost 11 years ago and then I think of the future. I dream of a future where our children may live fearlessly if the ‘c’ word were ever to be mentioned.
This is why we must continue raising awareness. Research costs millions; but with hope, determination and the funds, of course, a scientist somewhere will make that breakthrough. We can all do our bit to try and make the world a safer place for future generations.
I came home this evening to find this beautiful bouquet of flowers, courtesy of my son and his girlfriend. For my family and friends, it’s been a tearful but momentous day. We’ve cried but only joyous tears have been flowing.
I’ll take that.
I may not know you all in person but let me express how grateful I am for all the good wishes, the thoughts, the prayers, the lit candles, the encouragement and the support.
This is a heartfelt THANK YOU ❤️
Can I or should I exercise during and after breast cancer treatment? It’s a question I get asked a lot.
At a time when your body is going through shock and trauma, the last thing you might consider is exercise. Your natural instinct will be to rest, and in fairness, you will have days when staying in bed might be the only option. As unpredictable as breast cancer treatment might seem, one consolation is that you will almost certainly get to understand how your body is reacting, feeling and recovering during treatment. This will enable you to work out the pattern of your better days, and it’s during this time that you can move your body a little more. Too much of doing nothing at all will only make you feel worse.
There is scientific evidence to prove that exercise can help reduce the side effects of breast cancer treatment and it will speed up your recovery, especially if you’ve had surgery too.
Frequent but moderate exercise during and after treatment will not only lift your spirits but will make you feel energised and mentally stronger. It can also help to restore lost confidence and help you regain some control of your life. In addition, research suggests that maintaining a healthy lifestyle and weight may be beneficial to prevent recurrence of the disease.
Being a personal trainer and Pilates instructor with breast cancer and, of course, the right qualifications, has inevitably given me a real insight into the subject. This is probably why, in just the last few days, I’ve signed up 3 more clients with breast cancer. I understand that I’m relatable and women obviously feel comfortable and safe in my hands. I also appreciate that not everyone wants to work out. The mental hurdle is the first and most obstructive one you’ll need to overcome and that’s perfectly ok. Everyone is different so the amount and intensity of physical activity is relative. If you do decide to get active, then it’s important to firstly get clearance from your doctor and then seek help from a qualified trainer.
Wherever you are on your breast cancer journey, I think you’ll agree that self-care, diet and exercise should be paramount.
More information on the subject coming soon!
If there’s one thing that saddens me, it’s women whose lives are dictated by diets. Being in continuous ‘diet mode’ just sucks and it’s not surprising to know that most women start dieting at a young age and quite often never stop!😫
Got a couple of minutes? Have a read of my blog ‘10 Reasons Why You Should Stop Dieting’ (link in bio)
and let me know what you think. Have you ever tried a type of diet?
I really thought the England match would herald a no show for #fitnessinthepark yesterday evening, so you can guess how elated I was to see some familiar faces. A great workout had by all - everyone satisfied in the knowledge that they came out to play! 😃😇🤓😎
If you fancy joining us, we meet in #bushhillpark every Tuesday at 7.30pm. It’s a summer ☀️ only thing so don’t miss out. Please DM me for booking details.
PS. Congratulations to England 🏴 for showing self-belief and resilience 💪🏼👏🏼👊🏼🌟
Did you know that a cup of strawberries 🍓 is just under 50 calories? They make an excellent snack if you’re striving for weight loss. Their sweetness will also satisfy any sugar cravings.
As well as bursting with flavour, being heart-shaped and being very pretty, strawberries are an excellent source of vitamin C and of the mineral manganese; a great source of fiber, iodine, and folate; and a good source of copper, potassium, biotin, phosphorus, magnesium, vitamin B6, and omega-3 fats.
Wimbledon 🎾 is about to start and these magical berries are now in season so get them locally while you can! 🍓
Did you know that statistically a man is more likely to have a heart attack on a Monday? Is it the stress? Or the dread? The start of another shit week and we just can’t cope?
Why should Mondays be different to any other day of the week?
Lots of questions but not many answers, I hear you say.
This is my take on it. It’s a state of mind. It’s a perception. It doesn’t have to be your reality. Take a few deep breaths and be glad to be alive and well. If you’re struggling with this, because I appreciate that some do, then please seek help or change something in your life.
Mondays shouldn’t be doom and gloom so embrace the day, change the face of today and make it your best day. .