I do a lot of yoga. I am lucky to live somewhere with a high number of alignment based Iyengar styled instructors who can help with modifications. I also worked with a physical therapist for several months last year when first diagnosed with left hip OA, and turned my PT exercises into a 30 minute yoga routine that I do at home. I purchased a foam belt and joined a gym and try to do deep water running 3X a week, and have started back with brisk walking, hoping to build up to decent hiking again. I did get trekking poles.
I miss running terribly- and moving with strength and intensity. It was a big part of who I am and how I think of myself. I was training for a rugged trail half marathon prior to diagnosis, so I too feel my hip arthritis is likely cancer treatment related. I am not a gym person, but someone who needs to be outdoors. I love wild and remote places. I have decided that if I can get back to hiking, I will make the shift to "not a runner." However, if hiking is not possible without a lot of pain, even after these modifications, I plan to have my hip replaced. I dread the idea of surgery. I have a little cancer treatment PTSD, but this is such an important quality of life issue for me. I want to be healthy and alive outdoors, actively engaged in the world.
Typing these words makes me feel both sad and hopeful.
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diagnosed stage IIIA 4/2012
sigmoid resection 4/2012
T2T1MO (only 4 lymph nodes harvested)
completed FOLFOX 11/2012
dropped oxy after the 4th treatment due to worsening neuropathy
clean scan 1/2014