Archives for the month of: May, 2017

Breathing!

The other day my sister asked me to take a spin class with her. I used to take spin classes years ago but because of my limited lung function I have not taken one since being diagnosed with lung cancer. But I’ve been working out a lot and feel like I’m in pretty good shape so I thought “why not?”

I was excited to try it but also a little intimidated. When I got there, they gave me a tour of the gym and helped me get my bike setup. I instantly noticed when I walked into the room that there was a scent. I didn’t just notice it because of the smell but I could also feel it in my chest.

When I mention this to the employee she said “oh it’s just essential oils and the smell will go away soon.” I told her you should let people know you are using scents in your rooms in case they have any breathing issues = blank stare.  I also noticed the room was quite hot. Probably not HOT but I would say close to 80 degrees. This is another thing that was not mentioned to me ahead of time.

Heat, humidity, and smells make it harder for me to breathe so I was worried I wouldn’t make it through this 45-minute class. She put me on the bike near the door which was also near the fan. Halfway through the class I asked the instructor to turn the fans on which definitely helped a lot. I watched the others in class with envy as they “up and down-ed” and “left and right -ed” with ease.

I’m still getting used to my body’s limitations.  The class was challenging and I had to go at my own pace but I actually really enjoyed it for the most part. And my sister was right, you will never sweat so much!

New blog post…..yep. i still blog (its been a long time)

6 years ago this week I started having a nagging back pain. I remember because my best friend had just died on the 5th, my aunt was in town visiting, and I was turning 40 in a few days. I thought “Yay! welcome to 40!”

4 1/2 months later,  on September 27th 2011, I was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. Sometimes I miss my life BC (before cancer). So much has changed…. I was forced into retirement which was very hard for this workaholic  (I actually had 3 jobs at once for a few years.) I could no longer fully take care of myself during chemo and recovering from multiple surgeries, let alone do everything around the house and for my family.

My body was fighting a tough battle and went through many changes including menopause – yay! the only perk to chemo. Although the hot flashes are quite annoying – will they ever stop ladies?

I lost a lot of muscle and strength and my lung function is now fairly diminished but I still push myself to work out and get stronger. I’ve always enjoyed exercising. Running outside was a great outlet for me all through high school and my adult life. I love lifting weights and pushing myself.

I can no longer run but I still really enjoy pushing myself physically. In February I started taking classes at I Love Kickboxing Henderson. The owner Nancy and the instructors are awesome and they encourage me and motivate me to be better. The 15-minute warm-up is no joke! It’s probably the hardest part of the 60-minute class. I can’t run, so I walk. I get out of breath just doing squats, so I take breaks. And burpees? yeah those don’t happen. The bag rounds are three minutes and definitely work my lungs hard but I LOVE it! And both the girls go with me a few times a week so that makes it even more fun.

I’m sharing this to let you know that you may not be able to do what you used to but you can find something else you enjoy. We all have something we’re struggling with. It’s how you choose to react to it and LIVE your life.

I have a birthday this week and I’m always reminded: Growing old as a privilege that not everyone gets to enjoy.

 

 

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Emily Bennett Taylor

EmBen used to kick butt on the volleyball court, now she's kicking cancer!!

Every Breath I Take

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Living with stage IV lung cancer - By Lysa Buonanno

Gray Connections

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