Chris Paton

lime green rbbonI’m a 42 year old father of two children, husband and Ironman. In early April this year 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. This year I was training for my second Ironman Australia when I started to experience unremitting thoracic back pain, left upper quadrant pain, bloating and reflux. I was putting much of these troubles down to running home from work with a backpack and an unsettled stomach.

On Friday 30 March I completed a 14km run followed by a 1 hour swim. This was to be my last ‘training’ session as the next three days my symptoms increased and fatigue hit hard.

I presented to my GP on the following Monday where an abdominal CT and bloods were requested.

This coming Monday I will commence the 5th cycle of R-CHOEP - 14 x 6 and I have just started some regular exercise again. Yesterday, it was a 15 minute walk and shooting some hoops.

In the 12 weeks since I received the diagnosis I have only had a few short walks, completed some light resistance work - body weight squats, pushups and a short bike ride.

I have a background in exercise physiology (Bachelor of Human Movement) and I’m struggling to find anything but general exercise guidelines for cancer and ‘let your body tell you’ advice.