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