Physical Therapy for my Lungs

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???

CameraBag_Photo_1000-19Well, 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!

 

 

 

About kimmywink

I'm Kim. I've got advanced lung cancer. It sucks.
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11 Responses to Physical Therapy for my Lungs

  1. Craig says:

    FYI — The Livestrong foundation offers some programs at some YMCA’s for cancer patients going through treatment or recovering, too. Maybe near you?
    http://www.livestrong.org/what-we-do/our-actions/programs-partnerships/livestrong-at-the-ymca/livestrong-ymca-locations/

    Best hopes,

    Craig
    in PA

  2. Awesome! Kick butt, Kim!! 😀

  3. Matisse bradford says:

    Oh that is wonderful Kim!

  4. Tammy says:

    Let us know when you want to start doing some of the walks! Upcoming is Strut Your Mutt, Race for the Cure, some zombie one, etc…

  5. Pingback: Feeling Beachy | Aquarius vs. Cancer

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