Saturday, July 28, 2012

Exercise and Lung Cancer Survivorship

Walking was the only exercise I could do when first discharged from the hospital after lung surgery four months ago.

In the hospital I believe I set new frontiers for post-op walking. However I was accompanied by my new best friend a magical epidural in my back and I have no doubt I could have scaled the hospital if I wanted.

Then came the third day and they removed the epidural and chest tube – well, I have never felt so beat up. Each step was a challenge.

At home I vividly remember my first walk to the end of the block and back. Trying to convince my daughter I could do it unattended and compromising if I took my cell phone.

Before the first month of recovery was over I was up to three miles a day.

Reading “Exercise, in other words, made it less likely that a survivor would subsequently die from a recurrence of his or her cancer”  in the New York Times, well … was certainly motivating and if you can’t believe the New York Times what can you believe? Cancer Survivors Who Stay Active Live Longer 
Soooo in RealFeel® 100˚F (37.8˚C) temps and under the dark clouds of approaching severe thunderstorms it was time to begin some serious training for the Lung Cancer 5K Walk just 4 weeks away that I had previously mentioned noticing in my thoracic surgeon's office. Escorted by dramatic lightning for the last mile, I took as a good omen. 

by Patrick Leer
Caregivingly Yours, MS Caregiver @

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