So far the worst thing about radiation therapy has been preparing for it. Any effects have been mild. I become incredibly sleepy in the afternoon to the point that I drift off for about 10-15 minutes. It can’t be helped. Mild headaches and some minor muscle pain about sums up the effects thus far.
I am fine after these waves of fatigue hit me and the mild muscle discomfort passes quickly as well.
Last Saturday my Yoga class was intense. I seldom had to break pose and in fact, I believe I only did this twice. The focus was on core and this is one of the main areas that I am working to build back up. It felt really good.
I am running again. Last week was my first week back at the clinic. I received a lot of hugs welcoming me back. At the end of the run, as I departed, tears pressed forward as the emotions washed over me.
Running has indeed saved my life on a couple of occasions now. I truly believe this. It has given me a freedom, an odd rebirth in a way. When I took up this activity again the doors that began to open just blew me away. And this continues to be the case.
In another week I will be adding my Friday morning run back into the mix. You have no idea how much I am looking forward to this.
A couple of weeks ago when I ran my 5 KM route that I typically do on Friday mornings, it was truly a spiritual replenishment of sorts. I felt welcomed by the trees that line the route, by the earth beneath my feet, and by the very air that enveloped me.
It was an affirmation that I am healing. Yes, the body still protests when first I push it to move in this manner. The protest is short-lived, however, as the body warms then embraces the run. The presence of the horse is with me always, encouraging and challenging my efforts.
The gift of movement is such a blessing, the gift of health is the icing on the cake. To still have the strength that I do as the physical body is assaulted beyond the norm leaves me humbled and oh, so grateful.
I will continue to nurture the body, the mind, the spirit, the heart and the soul of my being.
Tonight after work I will be joining my running group again. The old familiars are coming back into the fold. Life is returning to some semblance of my ‘normal’.
And its good to be on track in this manner.
Enjoy your day.