As a breast cancer survivor myself, I can vouch for the above statements. I’ve been a personal trainer since 2004 so being fit and healthy before my diagnosis in August 2007 helped me to get back on the road to recovery. Immediately after my surgery I was determined to get back on track so I started my rehabilitation exercises. I grew stronger day by day, mentally and physically and so by the time my chemotherapy was due to start I already had the willpower to take back some control. The chemo made me generally unwell but I got to understand how and when my body reacted to it and exercised accordingly throughout. Little by little, I began boosting my immune system and improving my cardiovascular fitness, both of which were significantly compromised during the treatment.
So if you or someone you know has just been diagnosed with breast cancer or is currently having treatment here are some tips:
First and foremost, get clearance from your doctor before starting an exercise regime.
If you’re completely new to exercise start slowly and gradually to build up your strength.
Be kind to yourself; you will have days when you won’t be up to doing much at all so listen to your body.
Friends and family are your support network helping you on the road to recovery so why not also enlist an ‘exercise buddy’ to motivate and encourage you to get you moving.