Post Fatigue Fog - Richard White

At the end of 2014, start of 2015 I kept complaining of feeling tired, having a tight chest and a constant cough. I didn't really think too much of it as I do shift work and it was winter, so I just thought I needed to cut down a bit and get some antibiotics in me.  

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Anything Possible - Dave Fletcher

Previously I’d already survived:           Hodgkin’s lymphoma 1999       Germ cell Tumour cancer 2009      Skin Cancer 2013       Testicular cancer 2015

But in February 2016 I was told the Germ cell cancer had returned and that it was very aggressive, I was sent to St James’s hospital in Leeds as my local cancer hospital in Hull were unable to treat me with the suitable chemotherapy. I was to stay a week at a time and have chemotherapy 12hrs a day. 

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Making the most of the time you have - Emily Travis

Heard of a robust evidence-based reason for not doing some form of exercise, within your own capabilities, despite chronic illness? And yet hospital management won’t allow claims that physical exercise can help improve outcomes for cancer patients. I’m Emily. 42, wife, mum, runner, swimmer, scientific communications specialist, joke-lover and unwilling cultivar of a hardcore 4-year relationship with stage 4 cancer (leiomyosarcoma).

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Oesophageal cancer to triathlon

The start of my journey into triathlons started on the 24th January 2009 the day I was diagnosed with adenocarcinoma of the oesophagus. First bit of advice if you having an endoscopy always go for sedation, however being aware meant I knew that something had been found, and I had no doubt what it was when the endoscopist asked for the biopsy kit. Having been symptomatic for a number of months, seen by my GP who made a diagnosis of helicobacter for my symptoms, something I had never been convinced about, I knew this was not good. Not being sedated meant that I could ask that question, but I will always remember the photograph taken via the endoscope which I knew to be an oesophageal cancer, so the question was somewhat mute.  I was told that it wasn't good. Not good meant adenocarcinoma of the oesophagus, T3N2M0. Treatment was oesophagectomy and chemotherapy epirubicin, cisplatinin and capecitabine (ECX).

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My Story from Australia - Chris Paton

Earlier this year I was training for Ironman Australia when unremitting back pain and an array of other symptoms made me visit a Dr.  I was diagnosed with diffuse large B cell lymphoma with a large mesenteric mass 41cm x 15cm x 8cm.  I have been very active for as long as I can remember and did my first triathlon in 1995 and first marathon at 18 years of age. 

Chris

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Active Lifestyle for Cancer Sufferers - Mette Baillie

On the 12th of May 2016, it was a lovely sunny day, it was my late dads birthday. I had arranged to leave work early and run a long run in the sunshine alone to think of my dad. I did just that and I had the loveliest time, smiled to myself about the lovely memories my dad had given me. As I came home I had a shower and I discovered a lump in my breast, I was sure it had not been there before. Then, I was diagnosed with breast cancer.
 
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