So I stopped going to the gym because my lung (s) was so bad after the radiation. I just cannot breathe when doing any activity. I did go back to running in the mornings on the treadmill at least five days a week. I do intervals, 45 sec run/45 sec walk for a mile and a half to build up heart and lung muscle. I am stuck at this level and some days I cannot do the whole set without taking an extra walk or two. It’s like someone strapped a cinder block to my chest that I am having to push up every time I breathe in.
Yesterday my daughter and I spent the day in and around Kent Ohio. Visited a paper store, a nursery, friends and a park. The park had ledges that someone turned into rock sculptures back in the 1850’s. We had to climb a small but steep incline and I was completely out of breath. I could not get enough oxygen. I am just shattered. It’s been five months and I have to think that this is probably going to be my new normal. I have to think about this and figure out what I need to do to retain strength.
After a passing thought one day a couple months ago I looked up adult make-a-wish. There are organizations that are for adults, doing what has been made so famous for kids. But what I also found were a couple of places that do camps, retreats for adult cancer patients. I started the application process and then found that my timing was off and I couldn’t actually apply. Yesterday I got an email that registration just opened for their September retreat for women with Cancer, so I applied. Fall in Missoula for four days. It looks like they only take 20 or 30 at a time, but we’ll see.
Some pictures from the ledges