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The Armstrong book was the first thing I got when I was diagnosed but I haven't been able to make myself read it till today.

The other book was recommended to me by Mike Grisenthwaite of Cyclists Fighting Cancer.

At the end of this cycle I'll have notes on how I've been for a third of my treatment which I think should provide sufficient information to build an exercise programme instead of just randomly ride.

It has become obvious that I'm going to get significantly more tired with each infusion of therapeutic poisons so I decided now was the time to read the second book and work out from that how to know I'm being realistic.

While a useful validation of what I know and have worked out already, the cancer fitness book is mostly targetted towards people who have never exercised before and so doesn't really help. I also find the case studies depressing (others might consider them inspirational) so I went on to read about Lance.

In retrospect probably not a good idea at this time. A well written book and inspirational in general terms, I knew what to expect but still found it depressing too, even though he had a far more advanced, different and less well understood cancer with a much worse diagnosis and absolutely horrendous chemo regime.

I'm sure it'll be inspirational for me at other times. Right now though, it has just served to worry me and indicate I'm right to expect the fatigue to increase exponentially rather than in a linear progression.

ah well, maybe it's my blood sugar and nothing to do with the reading matter

(related twitter account www.twitter.com/CyclistOnChemo)

Posted by Dhamaka

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Caine says:

Ah, it's never good to run smack into what you don't want to run smack into. What you're going through is not only going to be increasingly rough, it's keeping you from the things you love. You can still do them, and in time, you'll be back to them like no one's business.

This is a rotten time for you, and nothing I say will make it better. If I could, I would. Wish I could.

1st Aug 2009, 15:41

I haven't yet read the Lance Armstrong book, but it is an intention.

1st Aug 2009, 16:02

Dhamaka says:

you can have mine

I'm a lot happier now. Think it's more likely that I was low because I didn't eat breakfast till late and had no carbs last night than because of what I read

1st Aug 2009, 21:00

You're probably right. Whenever I've had post-op blues (and I get them bad) I find it helps to speak to someone from the Hospital Chaplaincy. They're multi-faith and non-denominational. Their experience is always worth tapping into.

2nd Aug 2009, 11:02

Dhamaka says:

I now believe that the cancer fitness book misadvises people. Didn't take much from it but now think that what I did take was wrong. Going back to training the way that feels best

para- although not post-op, I've found that friends and future plans are a continuous source of energy

16th Aug 2009, 14:48

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