This is a long-overdue thank you to North County Cancer Fitness (NCCF) for all their assistance last year.
In January 2016 I learned that a cyst on my kidney which we’d been monitoring since my initial breast cancer diagnosis, had suddenly gotten huge after 2-1/2 years of no change at all. There was a very distinct change in tone from my surgeon, now sure that it was cancer because of the rapid growth. Because it was so large, they would have to temporarily remove most of my organs to get it all, and supposedly it would be a very long recovery period because of this.
I had recently read a magazine article I can’t locate now about the usefulness of “pre-hab”, rather than waiting for re-hab. It totally convinced me that going into this surgery in the best possible shape I could possibly be, would pay off in a really big way. And I asked if NCCF could support my pre-hab. They were happy to do so, and handled all of the set up on my behalf!
NCCF provided additional personal training and stretching sessions...
NCCF provided additional personal training and stretching sessions with Erzsi Kovacs Myers in the 8 weeks before the surgery was scheduled. We added a full hour of prescribed exercises every other day on top of the NCCF classes I was already taking, making a total of 8-1/2 hours of structured exercise (strength training, yoga, Zumba), plus walking 5 days a week, in addition to my own little morning routine of stretching, yoga and qigong. By the morning of the surgery, I was practically bouncing I felt so good and had so much energy. In fact, I felt physically better than I had in at least 15 years.
The operation left a 16-inch incision that starts between my breasts, runs down to my belly button, and then curves around all the way to my hip, and needed 47 staples to keep all my insides on the inside. Several days later, both the occupational and physical therapists were astonished that not only was I steady on my feet, able to get in and out of bed without assistance; I could also get up and down the stairs. I am not kidding when I say I thanked and blessed NCCF and Erzsi for every single one of those abdominal crunches and squats! I was sent home with a walker because that’s usually needed for what is on average a 2-year recovery period. I only used it the first day I was home. A week later we donated it to a medical supply resource center.
It has taken me a lot longer to recover than I anticipated, but the doctor has since admitted that very few patients make a full recovery after such complicated surgery. He has also told me that I’ve come much further than most. I know I will get further still, and the timely caring and support from NCCF and from Erzsi are hugely responsible for that.
I feel honestly gifted and incredibly grateful for the support they offered at that critical time! Thanks again to NCCF and to Erzsi. They went above and beyond in ways I’ll remember as long as I live…
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