I deliberately didn’t write a blog post until now so people would get a chance to see MD’s post as I was so proud of her for writing such a beautiful piece. And from the comments received both on here and when I shared it at Mothers with Cancer it struck a chord with a lot of other mothers, especially other mothers with cancer or with children with special needs.
I also had the dreaded end of winter/ season change usual run-in with a headcold, which laid me low for about a week. Luckily, or unluckily it was at the beginning of my mid semester break from university so it was just a matter of resting and recuperating.
Since I have got over that head cold – I have felt a great deal more energy, less fatigue, and think that is due to me starting the Aqua aerobics. I am only going once a week and it totally wears me out on the Tuesday night when I do it, but I have really noticed a difference in my fitness levels. I am still terribly unfit but can do much more than I could before. Being in the water is so beneficial and as I get fitter I think I will step it up to twice a week and then start swimming laps.
I have been a bit slack about getting onto an assignment due next week for one of my papers – being on semester break really isn’t conducive to study.
As my feet have improved quite considerably from the state they were in after our Gold Coast trip, I have tried to get out and about more. I bought new sneakers to wear after that trip as I realised my old ones were now too wide for my foot and allowing too much movement, increasing the friction, and therefore helping to lead towards worse ‘xeloda feet’.
I did run into a woman when I was out one day who sneered as she looked me up and down, looking pointedly at my sneakers (worn with leggings and a long tunic top) but as I tweeted ‘Hey lady, I’ll swap you my chemo side-effects for your hoity-toity attitude about me wearing sneakers with my outfit’ – I’d love her to literally try to walk a mile in my shoes. She doesn’t realise how hard that is for me at the moment. Wearing the new sneakers is the only way I can do any reasonable amount of walking without re-blistering my feet, they still get some burning sensations on the balls of my feet if I don’t sit and rest them every so often, but I am definitely achieving more mobility than I was.