This post follows on from the quote that I used at the end of ‘Bigger not better’, I haven’t written any blog posts lately because I have been doing exactly that- I have been busy living. With my last exam on the 7th of November, and the side effects of Xeloda wearing off since I stopped taking it around the middle of October, my incresed ability to focus and get out and do other things has meant I have been very busy. I have tried to do quite a bit of looking for Christmas presents, caught up with a couple of friends, started cleaning out the spare room for our ex-exchange student, or as we call her our french daughter C from France that was here in 2006, to use for 6 months – she arrives the week before Christmas. I have had appointments for podiatrist, dentist, lymphodema therapist and hairstylist.
I have gone to the Breast Cancer Aotearoa coalition AGM (at the beginning of November) where I did a practise run of my part of the presentation we were giving to the PONZ conference then spent two days at said conference (Psycho-social Oncology New Zealand) last weekend and did presentation again. Myself and two other committee members presented on consumer involvement in working with the professionals as evidenced by the video series I took part in ‘Kiwi stories of Breast Cancer’ (My portion was on why I participated and some of the issues faced by other participants. I thoroughly enjoyed the conference and it was interesting both from a patient/consumer point of view but I also appreciated it as a student studying social work how the support services work in the ‘real world’
I have continued to go to Aqua aerobics at least once most weeks and two weeks ago started another fitness regime as well. Club Physical runs a ‘Cancer Wellfit’ programme which is a FREE ten week light exercise regime with a personal trainer (half an hour twice a week) at the gym doing mild cardio and weights targetted at what you are capable of. With having to cut back on my walking so drastically because of the xeloda side-effects, I feel I need all the help I can get maintaining some sort of fitness going into the next chemo regime.
When I have been tired from all the outings I have curled up and read a book – something I don’t do as much of during the uni year because of all the prescribed readings.
To top all this activity off today, being the day before I start my new chemo regime I went out this afternoon and bought a wig for when I lose my hair (in approximately 3 weeks time)
I think I’ll have a rest now 🙂
Update: I went to the gym early before my first chemo on Thursday and graduated to 2 repititions of the 4 weight machines I do, and graduated from recumbent bike to treadmill where I surprised the trainer by still walking very fast – natural walking pace 4.5km/hr for 10 minutes – Well done me!!