Pat Cadigan strengthens herself for the battle with cancer by hitting the gym four times a week – a courageous example that has led to her being named Our September Gym Hero by easyGym.
Pat joined easyGym after finishing chemotherapy earlier this year to reinvigorate herself and to help with severe back pain. Unfortunately Pat’s condition is terminal, so treatment, including her exercise routine is to help ease her symptoms.
“I’m a science fiction writer who’s kind of a jock, too,” she says during a four-minute video on the gym’s website that candidly describes her diagnosis and the benefits of her exercise plan.
Cadigan’s blog post “The Silver Fox At The Gym” delivers a comparable message.
Exercise rewards you immediately with endorphins. Moving around makes you feel good; exerting yourself to move around more than usual feels even better. It may seem like Mission Impossible to get yourself to do it for the first time, or for the first time after a long period of inactivity. Once you do, however, endorphins can help you keep going….
As I said in the video and many times here and elsewhere, most cancers not directly related to a specific and/or environmental cause are pretty much bad luck. Exercise and a proper diet won’t absolutely prevent cancer or anything else. But you can make yourself as strong as possible to deal with it.
Life will give you lemons of one kind of another. Maybe you’ll make lemonade or maybe you’ll learn to juggle them. Maybe you’ll dye them like Easter eggs; maybe you’ll dress them up like Mr Potato Head. Whatever you do, show ’em you’re the boss. When life gives you lemons, make those lemons your bitches.
[Thanks to Michael J. Walsh for the story.]