The Kim BC (before cancer) was quite the jock. Hands down, that is the biggest change in my life from BC to AC (after cancer). I know I will never be that old me; but the new me is starting to be a bit more active, which equals a happy Kim.
Switching to RO5424802 has been a bit of an adjustment. I didn’t have side effects, then I did, now they seem to be leveled off again. The lingering effect has been exhaustion. Am I tired because of the drugs? Or used to being inactive for a few months? Or because breathing is work? Or is it simply because I am tired of being tired???
Well, I’m finally taking control of the parts I can control. I started seeing a Pulmonary Rehabilitation (PR) Therapist. It’s physical therapy for lungs. I don’t sit around and practice breathing. The visits are tailored to me and they kind of kick my butt. I spend my time on the treadmill then moving on to strength training exercises. I love it. It’s not at all what I expected; it’s like I have my own personal training coach!
I have learned through PR that my body, although it feels and sounds like hell, it is having a normal-healthy response to exercise. This provides me with the comfort I need to put these exercises into practice at home. I enjoy having physical activity back into my daily routine. Being the kind of person who was mildly obsessed with exercise BC, I don’t see much of a problem sticking to this once my one-on-one sessions are over. But, gosh, I will miss them!