Breast cancer for the under-50s

Breast cancer is far less common in the under-50s, but this can leave younger people with a diagnosis feeling isolated. This group is a place for them to come together, share experiences and support each other.

Getting active and fit while on treatment

Katiepie
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Hi

I am looking to see how members are doing with exercise whilst still on treatment.

I started with walking 2-3 times a week for an hour then slowly did less during chemo. Since chemo ended I have been doing weekly fitness and now two weekly fitness on balance and strength. I have tried a few short runs of a mile or so. 

I was not fit before diagnosis and although I was active I did no specific exercise. 

I have started Radiotherapy now.

I ache and creak so much. When I get up from my seat I limp for a while and my Achilles hurts! 

Do I just push through?

Chuckles123
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Hi I was active before this and up until chemo Friday was exercising regular even after mastectomy 4 weeks ago however this has knocked me off so only managed a few squats today but intend to get back at it as believe it helps recovery and fatigue xx

Debbie

Loubag
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I’ve only just started treatment (just had 1 dose of neoadjuvant chemo) too and so far so good. I’ve dodged the gym for 2 months since diagnosis but thinking I might head back for some short/steady sessions soon. Upper body strength has gone to shit! 

I have a dog so am still managing walking but probably only a few miles a day now. As I’m not working I can fit in a nap or two although inability to nap for the first time in my life is not fun.

I’m doing yoga once a week and odd bits at home when I can be arsed too. 

I think being active is important, but I would be cautious if it’s not something you have done before, that said, slow and steady wins the race. Listen to your body and ease back if you have to and you will see your stamina and strength gradually increase. Watch out for he hot weather though, that creeps up and makes things like running so much harder! 

Tight Achilles may just be due to  increase in activity. Tendons can take a while to catch on to new routines. Try to do stretching (flex your foot up and put your toes against a wall, heel down lean your hips forward. And dropping your heel off a step while on the ball of your foot) and massage your calfs in between sessions, I also don’t using a tennis ball (or smaller ones work well) on the underside of your foot and calf halos to keep everything nice and mobile. Ice if it feels like you did too much. 


Take care xx

Leolady56
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 On the main BC group we started a Walking Back to happiness thread in recognition of how important it is emotionally, mentally and physically to get our bums out and about.

Some people mange small steps; others manage long walk; some cycle and others run. Someone also put an article on about the benefits of getting people with cancer moving. Swimming is not advised until such time as you are fully well due to possibilities of infection.

If the thread would help then pop on I created a link for you.

Aches and creaks are part of the treatment and can be addressed through meds speak to your medical team, but hopefully getting out and about will seriously  help too. There is ask an expert part too where you might get a good reply regarding the achilles.

Whatever you do start small and build up gently as others have said.

Good luck

Take care

Leolady56

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Katiepie
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Dear all,

Thank you for your feedback.  I shall keep on with my current regime of two strength and balance sessions a week and rest my achilles for a week then get back to two short runs or two long walks.

I know I have a long way to go but I really want to get super fit over the next year.  I have until next Summer when I will be celebrating my 50th birthday and renewing my vows with my husband!  

I need to loose a stone in weight and have hit a plato as we eat a super healthy diet now and the weight is not shifting.

This is hard because I have never enjoyed fitness or sport that much and so years of lack of exercise have taken their toll.  I am an active person but have lost strength and stamina.

I think it will help to keep in touch with others who want to do the same.

Best wishes everyone

Katiepie

Leolady56
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Have a look for Tai Chi or Yoga classes excellent for balance, control and core

We dropped carbs from our diet as Mr L has diabetes OMG the pounds etc etc fell away. He lost 3st We doubled up protein or veg/salad etc. Since chemo though I've needed CARBS!!!!!!!

Sounds like the summer of 2018 is going to be a memorable one for you

POOOOOOOP no pics of champagne being allowed. Grrr 

Fingers crossed

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Katiepie
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Cheers Leolady,

Tough day today. I appreciate your message. 


0ff for Pizza with kids... they are fed up of healthy food! 


Katiepie

Leolady56
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Hope the pizza hit the spot for you all and today is a better/gentler day

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Loubag
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@katiepie sound a like you are doing al the right things; sensible diet and activity and slow and steady wins the race.

How about trying some different things? I have never been an exercise lover and kidded myself all my life that having horses was enough (it wasn’t, I was over weight and unfit despite mucking our and riding daily!) when I had my son I put my horse out on loan and in an effort to not get huge I started trying to get fit. Started with couch to 5k. I still run a bit but I’m not a runner. Then I found crossfit, which is the only gym type thing I’ve ever stuck at, still a member 3 years on. Everyone is so lovely and it’s nothing like a normal gym (pretty much just a big shed with weights in!) and the ranges of ages and abilities is huge. Most offer a free trial session if there is one near you.

 I mostly have found a love for just weight lifting and woman’s strong man type training (lugging sandbag about, flipping tyres, that sort of thing) but crossfit includes a lot of that stuff too.  I’m rubbish at it, but it’s so much fun and really appeals to my lazy streak (weight training, tends to be in short bursts with lots of rest/charting breaks!) and I hate cardio. 

I wish I had found it years ago!

Over the 3 years I’ve only lost about a stone but dropped 3 dress sizes and am happy in myself for the first time ever (oknot xounting he load of weight I’m piling on now while having chemo but that will go!) 

toxophilite
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Hey  

Good on you!! Keeping moving, somehow (anyhow?) through this is so beneficial. But hard to do with the fatigue that comes with treatment.

A lot of the aches are down to lower oestrogen levels, as chemo can induce menopause (temporary or permanent depending on age). The tight Achilles is a symptom of that. I had trouble with stairs especially in the morning both times (yep, early meno, hrt for 10 years then BC but ERneg so another meno!!)

Periodic stretching is very helpful, especially when sitting for any length of time. Pull your toes up towards your shins, rotate your ankles, that sort of thing.

Plenty of fluids, as dehydration can exacerbate symptoms.

Glucosamine, fish oils and so on are helpful.

Nearly there honey!!

Hugs xx

Karen

Chuckles123
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Great to hear more fitness stories!! I’m aiming for 3-4 sessions a week while doing chemo (currently 3 weekly chemo). I was very active before this running etc! 

Currently only doing cross trainer, bike and light weights. No running as expander in.

Helps me mentally as well as physically.

Don’t know if will be able to keep it up once start weekly ones but I’m going to try my best xx

Debbie

spinbella
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Love these stories. I was only diagnosed two weeks ago and my op is on 3rd July. I work as an accountant but also teach spin classes. I dropped most of my classes due to all the hospital appointments and will need a break after the reconstruction and lumpectomy but I hope to teach again as soon as I can. I have a friend who is a PT teaching classes for people with cancer - he specialised in these. He is in Clapham Junction area. It’s definitely something worth looking into if you struggle with keeping active AND were not very active before.

Spinbella

Katiepie
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Thanks Karen,

I feel like my aches and pains are going to be around for a long time - they don'e seem to be easing.

The exercise is going well with a lot of help and encouragement form a PT twice a week until the money runs out.  I remember listening to Decca Aitkinhead, who is a Guardian Journalist, saying on women's hour it was the best money she had ever spent in her life!

I was thinking of starting doing a mile a day running!  My fit bit is helping to motivate me.

The Achillies is not really healing - but I am learning to live with it!

Thanks for the encouragement.

Katiepie

Godblessdiva
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Hi,

Please can you provide details of the PT in Clapham junction. Thanks, Diva