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  •  Great! (11+ / 0-)

    Looking back, I can't recall exactly what it was the docs were afraid of with strenuous exercise, possibly concern about heart damage w/ some of the stronger chemo drugs.  But it seems to be ok now, at least for most treatment regimens.

    Democratic Leaders must be very clear they stand with the working class of our country. Democrats must hold the line in demanding that deficit reduction is done fairly -- not on the backs of the elderly, the sick, children and the poor.

    by Betty Pinson on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 06:09:45 PM PST

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    •  I didn't have chemo. That's a different animal. (10+ / 0-)

      People would say to me, "My gosh, I can't believe you're doing all that riding while getting chemo!"

      I would correct them. "I'm getting radiation, not chemo. If I were getting chemo, I doubt I'd be riding at the halfway point of treatment."

      The side effects of radiation are somewhat localized, unlike chemo which knocks the crap out of you.

      •  Congratulations, Bob, on doing so well and (1+ / 0-)
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        for taking charge of your own healing process. I can't fathom that it would be harmful to you, when it felt good and lifted your spirits.

        I had six rounds of a pretty intense chemotherapy (which didn't work completely--or maybe not at all) and couldn't have done anything as rigorous then. But early this month I started participating in my local YMCA's "Livestrong" program for people recovering from cancer (and not in chemo or radiation). It is a GREAT program and I am loving it!

        I have been doing yoga and qi gong since my surgery, but I also like the more tangible physical challenge--working up a sweat, pushing my limits of strength. It is very satisfying indeed.

        I've not been very fit for about 20 years, after a decade during which I was VERY fit--so I'm hoping that this is a turn back to that state. I have a long way to go, but I'm really enjoying the process.

        Some DKos series & groups worth your while: Black Kos, Native American Netroots, KosAbility, Monday Night Cancer Club. If you'd like to join the Motor City Kossacks, send me a Kosmail.

        by peregrine kate on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 12:55:30 PM PST

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