Diet and Exercise During Chemotherapy

Author: Shannon Miller

I’m a little delayed on writing today. I slept for a solid 12 hours last night! It was fabulous and I don’t feel the slightest bit guilty.

Yesterday was a long day of filming for a piece that will hopefully help continue to get the message out about ovarian cancer as well as reinforce the importance of getting your annual exams. I’ll have more info on when and where this piece will air early next week so make sure to check my facebook page or twitter.

In my mind I am completely finished with chemo but obviously the chemicals are still doing their thing. I did get in a good workout yesterday which felt wonderful. And today I’m catching up on some rest. Now, I certainly don’t want anyone to get the wrong idea. When I say “good workout” it’s a good 10-20 minute mix of stretching, yoga and light weights (2-3lbs) for toning. Cardio may be 10-15 minutes on the elliptical machine, or a nice walk along the river. This is not Olympic training or preparing to run a marathon but it is extremely beneficial. The latest research shows that regular exercise and a healthy diet can lead to a longer survival time and help prevent the recurrence of cancer!

Yesterday I brought my mat out onto the balcony and did my workout outside. It was a beautiful day and the fresh air was icing on the cake. (If you’re heading outdoors don’t forget to wear sunblock. During chemo our skin becomes very sensitive and as we roll into summer we have to be extra mindful of this so keep sunscreen in your car and purse to so you aren’t caught off guard.)

I’m excited about next steps. I’m in the process of setting new goals personally and professionally. However, first on my priority list is to enjoy a wonderful weekend away with Rocco and Daddy at my brother’s wedding coming up in a few weeks. It will be wonderful to be back in Oklahoma for the festivities!

While my chemo journey may be coming to an end, the recovery phase is just beginning. I will continue to post this blog and keep providing resources for those going through a battle of their own. Plus, stay tuned for our guest blogger – coming soon!!!

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