Hello! I'm Leonie. I’m from Malaysia. I am nineteen this year, and I have Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma - a kind of blood cancer. I’m just trying to live my life to the fullest, without any regrets. I'm grateful that I’m still able to wake up to a brand new day and know that I'm still alive.

I refuse to refer to my condition as a disease. I would rather phrase it as a 'series of unfortunate events'.

I learn something new with each passing day. This is the story of my journey, and you're welcome to follow me in every step that I take.

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Thursday, 1 March 2012
Walking Off the Cancer.

Hello readers!

As I'd mentioned in my previous post, I talked about publishing a guest article here. This article is written by Mr. David Haas. The summary of the article, in his words, is as written below:
The article attached, which I recently completed, is about the benefits of fitness and eating healthy during and after a diagnosis of any kind of cancer. Each different cancer has its limitations, but if one can keep a healthy body, they can have a better chance to overcome this awful disease.

~David Haas
With that, I sincerely apologise to David due to the delay in publishing his article. He sent it to me in early February, but since my Internet was down and I was tired from radiotherapy and its side effects, I'm only putting this up now.

Do enjoy, and feel free to leave your thoughts and comments!


Walking Off the Cancer

by David Haas

Imagine feeling nauseous, weak and exhausted incessantly on a daily basis. Unfortunately, cancer patients have to confront this battle every day. Cancer on its own is enough to drain a person of their energy, not to mention the tiring cancer treatments. It's undoubtedly a struggle simply transitioning from sitting to standing, let alone trying to utilize your remaining energy to exercise. Whether you have recently been diagnosed, are currently going through cancer treatments or are a cancer survivor, the benefits of exercising during this particular time in your life can be a life-altering experience.

The ability to improve one’s quality of life or boost your energy levels are just a couple of the positive results that can come from exercising when you have cancer. One very reliable source, the Better Health Channel, provides several advantages of exercising when coping with cancer. The benefits go well beyond merely boosting energy levels and into the realm of physical improvement. This enlightening site states that the functioning of your heart and lungs can improve, your seemingly absent appetite can reappear, nausea and vomiting may decrease, your sleeping cycle may be strengthened, pain will become less prominent (endorphins released during exercise have the power to ward off pain), your digestion can improve and finally, exercising can improve your mood.

The benefits of exercise that accompany cancer patients work the same for cancer survivors, whether it's improved cardiovascular function, increased energy levels or a better quality of life. There are also scientific facts that support exercising when you have cancer. Again, the Better Health Channel offers sound facts saying that routine exercise has the potential to assist the body in producing more white blood cells and to increase the immune system function, which can lead to less days spent in hospitals and can even lengthen your rate of survival. The mere possibility of increasing survival rate should be enough to motivate you to take that extra step in the battle against cancer.

Deciding what type of exercise is best for you and when to exercise is essential. You certainly don't want to push yourself too hard. Certain types of cancer require different degrees of exercise. Mesothelioma sufferers (as with most types of cancer) need to gradually adapt to exercise and build their way up. Walking or jogging is probably the best bet since they're both low intensity yet effective. The Better Health Channel insists you do not exercise within 24 hours after receiving chemotherapy. Experts recommend participating in moderate activity for twenty minutes or less each day. Clearly, the perks associated with exercising during this difficult time in your life can be astronomical and possibly a matter of life or death.



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