Chemo survival kit #5: Exercise

This year I managed to gather the determination to do something which I normally wouldn't have done. I have signed up for the 'You vs the Year' challenge by Under Armour - to run 1000km in 2016!

Now although this distance may seems like a piece of cake for the 'real runners', but for a non athletic person like me, it certainly is a huge dare game. 4 weeks into this challenge, I am happy to announce that I am now running into my 80km! Amen..!

The truth is, I don't think I am able to do this distance today if it weren't for all the exercises I had been doing since I was undergoing cancer treatment. Yeap, what started out to be a stress relieve avenue and also to alleviate side effects from cancer treatment has now grown full-blown into running mode.

The journey to get here was not always rosy. I still remember there were days that I just don't have the energy to do anything. So instead of walks, I did yoga stretches or the hand swinging exercise. This necessary evil of not giving in to the tiredness eventually paid off. By the end of my cancer treatment, Dr. S even complemented that I looked good despite having gone through many rounds of chemo. And her exact words... you don't look like a dead fish!

There are many studies that shows that exercise while having cancer treatment is beneficial as long as it is done in moderation and according to the patients ability. After having done it myself, I can definitely say that those studies are indeed accurate. And fortunately enough for me, I am able to carry those exercises through (even though no treatment is required anymore) and turn it into a more intense form of running.

Now that I am running more often, I can't wait to be trained enough to make my first half marathon because I know while My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. (Psalm 73:26 NIV)


Stupidgale is a Sino-Kadazan office nerd during the day and leisure blogger by night. She enjoys writting about everything under the sun and is currently living in Singapore with her family (including teddygirl the corgi).

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