Thank you to everyone who expressed concern for my skin! It’s healing quickly. Radiation and its side effects were definitely the easiest of my treatment trifecta (chemo/surgery/radiation).
Last week, I joined another research study – this one monitors the effects of exercise on survivorship. For the next 6 months, Winship will pay our YMCA dues, while I log my physical activity and meet with the fitness director at our local Y each month. She’s awesome and a little scary – the perfect motivator!
It seems that diet and exercise are the only things I can control now to help keep a recurrence at bay, so I’m all in! I don’t quite have full range of motion in my arm, and static stretching is discouraged because of the burns, but I can move – just Zumba (not teaching, yet) and cardio/strength classes, so far – and it feels great.
Being back in a classroom was great, too. 25 first-graders, messy paint and dancing to a kid-friendly hip hop song is a heck of a lot more fun than cancer treatment.
Almost as tiring, though :) You full-time teachers out there are rock stars!