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Today I am not having much…

But last night I went to ‘Aquarobics‘ for the first time.  The side effects of Xeloda on my feet preclude me from doing the small amount of exercise I was getting by walking and I could feel as well as fatigue, my fitness levels slipping away through lack of exercise.  Aquarobics provides a place for me to get that exercise without putting more pressure on my feet.  It is quite a small group and the instructor and I had a quick chat after class about what my limitations were and if I go regularly she will help me structure the exercises to suit my abilities.  OD has decided to come with me, to add aquarobics to her keep fit measures (for her to get into shape for her wedding next year) but also to act as my conscience and encouragement to make sure I go regularly.  I really enjoyed it but the front of my thighs and other various muscle groups definitely made it known that they hadn’t had that much of a workout in a long time.

Today I am having a quiet day at home – the first day at home since last week. (Friday/Saturday – ‘Extraordinary’ experience, Sunday – funeral and catching up with other friends, Monday – Uni, Tuesday – Sweet Louise meeting, Counselling, and Aquarobics)  So I am having a bit more a quiet time, catching up on uni readings, writing blog posts and generally resting.

Thats the thing with dealing with cancer and treatment and symptoms and side effects.  You need to try and balance resting because of the fatigue, with getting enough exercise to not totally lose your fitness levels.  It’s quite hard to get that balance right but I’m giving it my best shot.  I try to listen to my body and give it what it needs.

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  1. Sis M

     /  August 16, 2011

    You might have to include me in your aquarobi sessions – let me know where and when

  2. I am doing water aerobics here on the other side of the world. It is really amazing for flexibility. It is fun too. I hope it helps you.

  3. feistybluegecko

     /  August 20, 2011

    I relied heavily on swimming while on chemo – I could hardly stand with the Taxotere, but could still swim a kilometre (very slowly and gently) and I am convinced it kept me going. I am sure you will find the level of activity which is the right balance for you. I wish I could join you too 🙂


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