I have no presumptions (based on science, stats and facts) that all my efforts will work. I just hope. I have seen too many people who SHOULD be dead, but, are not. Science is a powerful tool, but, when you fall into the statistical group drug corporations won't help because it's unprofitable, the charm and seemingly magical power of medicine gets a little less impressive. So, you turn to other things. I am not pretending that science is bad. It has saved my life. But, in the long run, they will be the first ones to tell me, "We don't have a cure." In fact, they have...many, many times. A kid in my neighborhood who has the same thing (there are only about 25 of us a year in the US and he's 1 mile away). Our nickname for this guy is "Dr. Death" because, no matter what you have gone through, no matter how many times you have seen him, he will tell you, every time, without fail, "We have no cure." I have gotten to the point where I completely distrust him because I think he's just into making sure I fit his study stats. Okay, total rabbit trail.
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FWIW I had a friend a long time ago who was a hiker not a runner (and unfortunately still a pack-a-day smoker) who was diagnosed with advanced testicular cancer in his 20's. After every chemo he would hike up a local mountain (3000' gain in 4 miles) in the belief that it would flush things through and keep him strong. Something worked because 15 years later he was still in full remission, and still hiking that mountain. Best of luck to your noble cause.
Oh. I totally get why he does what he does. He's a super-sharp guy. You don't get to be a research fellow at a major cancer institute by being stupid. I just feel, at times, like science has lost its soul. Sure, taking this tact will protect him, but, what I have is largely a pediatric disease. You tell parents and kids this (unlike stubborn, argumentative adults such as myself) and they won't question and may never have a chance. I think if most people hear a doctor say, "Put your affairs in order." they truly believe them. I accept their insights as being valid, but, also recognize science is a limited and imperfect thing. I'll take my chances with unapproved methods (out of sheer determination) but still keep an ear open to what they say.
It's one of those things where if someone really thinks what they'd do in your shoes, maybe they realize they don't consider themselves so brave, but then to see someone else doing it can be life-changing.
Dr. Death's policy certainly protects him doesn't it? If he's right, well he said so. If he's wrong everyone is thrilled. Whereas if he gives a good prognosis and he's wrong...
Anyway, thanks for sharing and I hope your running and your life go well.
Yeah, I have a swiss ball for core stuff (my bigger issue), but, adding these in would be a good idea. I was doing single leg squats (a very weak, poor man's version) by standing on a stair step and lowering my other leg until it hits the lower step. It's the equivalent of 30 degree knee extensions. Build up the quad (vastus medialus) which seems to be my weakest point right now. Calves (doing single leg raises on the steps) seem like another obvious logical addition. What are bird dogs? Haven't heard that nickname yet.
I was thinking more like low impact strength exercises.
Body-weight lunges, squats, pushups, back extensions, bird dogs, etc.
Okay. I do that one. Use the name Superman, but, I could see bird dog too.
Bird dog is a core exercise but it also works on coordination and balance.
This is how I like to do it.
Get on all fours with your knees and arms at hip and shoulder width.
Extend right arm and left leg at the same time until they are straight and parallel to the ground. Make sure you extend them in unison. Hold for a couple seconds.
Bring them back in, but don't return to the starting position yet. Instead bring you elbow and knee together and squeeze your core. Hold for a couple seconds.
Repeat 5 times. Then do the other side.
I'll do a few sets as part of my off day cross training.
Good question. I doubt it. Ironically, my sister runs a state health department (and had to figure out how it applied to her division of 15,000 people), yet, I haven't asked her. She'd probably know pretty well...unless state and corporate are different. My health care (HSA) has been absolutely amazing. I come out of pocket a couple of grand and they cover everything else. No lifetime max. Last year I paid something like $28,000 in medical bills between everything I went through though. May be worth looking into. I know I wish I had life insurance though. I barely had any ($215k) at a couple of bucks a month. No way I'll ever be able to bump that up.
That sucks, bro. Can't imagine having to do chemo forever. Will any of that change when Obamacare takes over?