Sucess Story

A pow­er­fully in­spir­ing tale of how ex­er­cise can cure, by a ‘Health & Nutri­tion’ reader.

Health & Nutrition - - CONTENTS - REENA UPASHAM, MUM­BAI reena000023@gmail.com

An in­spir­ing tale on how ex­er­cise helped cure can­cer

“Fit is not a des­ti­na­tion, it’s a way of life” “My fit­ness jour­ney be­gan al­most a decade ago and since then it has been a roller­coaster ride for me. “It all started when I joined a gym for the first time. There, I fol­lowed a ‘cus­tomised work­out monthly chart’ and was guided by one of the train­ers on the floor. Even­tu­ally, I started get­ting very bored, did not make any progress and didn’t feel at sync with the gym equip­ment. So I quit and took a break. “Then, I joined var­i­ous classes to get some va­ri­ety and change in my work­out, such as yoga, step aer­o­bics and kickboxing, which were men­tally stim­u­lat­ing and phys­i­cally chal­leng­ing. I loved them and felt it helped my core flex­i­bil­ity. Then, to en­hance my strength (weight) train­ing, I en­rolled again in an­other gym, this time with a per­sonal trainer. And, this made all the dif­fer­ence. Now, I un­der­stood the me­chan­ics of all the gym equip­ment, diet and nutri­tion, pro­tein in­take, calo­ries and the value of the right quan­tity of food at the right time. “All was well un­til March last year, when I was di­ag­nosed with can­cer (cer­vi­cal). This brought ev­ery­thing in my life to a halt. Though the surgery was suc­cess­ful, I suf­fered a po­ten­tial side ef­fect, lym­phedema (which oc­curs in some pa­tients) caused by the re­moval of lymph nodes. It is a long-term con­di­tion in which ex­cess lymph fluid col­lects in tis­sues and causes swelling in the legs. I could not fold my right leg and sit­ting cross-legged was just im­pos­si­ble. “Since July, I had to fol­low a regime of ban­dag­ing the en­tire right leg and the left half leg, for a month, fol­lowed by wear­ing com­pres­sion stock­ings all day. I had to ban­dage my legs ev­ery night too. This took a toll on me not just phys­i­cally, but men­tally as well.

“This was when my in­nate in­cli­na­tion to­wards fit­ness helped. With time and ther­apy, my swelling re­duced and I joined a new gym with var­i­ous in-house classes. I did power yoga and Zumba along with car­dio, all of which helped me re­gain my core flex­i­bil­ity. This, in turn, made me in­de­pen­dent enough to be able to self-ban­dage, un­like ear­lier where my fam­ily did it for me. I hope to take up strength (weight) train­ing too in the fu­ture. “The phrases ‘Use it or Lose it’ and ‘Health is Wealth’ are worth re­mem­ber­ing. Had I not been fit­ness con­scious be­fore can­cer, things would have been even more dif­fi­cult to ac­com­plish. The best in­vest­ment we can make in our­selves, is by striv­ing each and ev­ery day to be fit­ter and bet­ter than be­fore.”

“The phrases ‘Use it or Lose it’ and ‘Health is Wealth’ are worth re­mem­ber­ing. Had I not been fit­ness con­scious be­fore can­cer, things would have been even more dif­fi­cult to ac­com­plish.”

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