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. 


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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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Exercise as my therapy through treatment and beyond - Jo Beagley

Jo was diagnosed with stage 3 ovarian cancer in summer 2014, aged 39. She has since undergone a hysterectomy, had chemotherapy, and been on an angiogenesis inhibitor drug. Following a recurrence in summer 2017, Jo had further chemotherapy and is now on a PARP inhibitor with the aim of managing her cancer.

Exercise was an important part of life before my diagnosis - I was committed to my regular fix of exercise, be it running, cycling, swimming or a gym session. It was a welcome escape from the whirlwind of daily life, juggling work commitments and a young family.beagley3


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Jiu Jitsu and Cancer - Rioghnach O'Leary

My name is Rioghnach and I was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer in February 2018 at the age of 30 years. For two years prior to this, I had been training on average five days per week in brazilian jiu jitsu and regularly competing in the sport at an amateur level. To augment my training, I also lifted weights and did cardio work outs. 

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Resus to Runner - Rebecca Langley

In March 2017, at the age of 30, I was diagnosed with stage 3 bowel cancer. I had major surgery in April 2017 to remove four tumours and my colon, leaving me with a permanent ileostomy.  I remained in hospital for three weeks, where I was nil by mount for ten days post-op with ileus bowel (my digestive system 'shut down').


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Prostate cancer, surgery and being diagnosed at fifty – Simon Lord

Let’s take the last bit of the title first. It’s no fun being diagnosed with a lifelong or life-threatening condition at any age, but being diagnosed with an old man’s disease at 50 is right up there. The average age of a prostate cancer diagnosis is 72, so there were men in that waiting room older than my father.

Much of the advice given for men with prostate cancer is therefore aimed at men a generation older than me. While I’ll admit that most men pretend they are still capable of the things they did in their twenties, I was asking questions that people hadn’t heard before.

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The Power of Exercise - Sally Hurst

At 26, my right leg was amputated above the knee. I had bone cancer and chemotherapy hadn’t worked; the tumour had grown and taken over not just my knee, but surrounding tissue and blood vessels too. Drastic surgery was needed to try and save my life. And that – I thought at the time – was the end of my sporting life. There would be no more dance classes, no more horse riding, no more hiking.

And for the next seven years, I didn’t do any exercise. I was too busy trying to get back to normality – walking with a prosthetic limb, and working, and starting a family. But sport – which had once played an important part in my life – was missing, and I felt its absence keenly. I craved the adrenaline rush of a cross-country gallop or the salsa beat of a nightclub, but told myself those sensations were gone forever.

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