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Jay Lake
Date: 2009-12-05 13:13
Subject: [cancer] Reclaiming my hour
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Tags:cancer, health, personal, portland
This morning, calendula_witch and I walked my 60-minute loop. It's about 3.0 miles of suburban walking, along residential streets in the general neighborhood of Nuevo Rancho Lake. Up til this point post-operatively, my longest walk had been about 25 minutes to cover roughly a one mile subsegment of this loop. We made the entire loop in slightly less than 65 minutes in the frosty morning air, though I was staggering by the time we got back to the house, and went down hard for a (mercifully brief) nap.

This is huge for me. To reclaim my fitness, even nominally, is so important. Last year it took me months to get anywhere. With abdominal surgery, the wound healing was so much bigger an issue than the chest wall punctures I am now recovering from, so that's certainly a big factor. However, I also have to credit my extensive and constant walking and biking programs over the past 18 months with readying me for this recovery process.

I owned that hour, in the same way pre-op me owned that hour. (Well, almost so, certainly close enough.) There's still a million things wrong, recovery progresses apace, but damn it, my body can move.

I am terribly pleased.

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Brent "Chip" Edwards
User: chipuni
Date: 2009-12-05 22:31 (UTC)
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Congratulations on the long walk!
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A large duck
User: burger_eater
Date: 2009-12-05 23:14 (UTC)
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User: the_blue_fenix
Date: 2009-12-05 23:16 (UTC)
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mages just love me: ed - vitaminless
User: in_the_blue
Date: 2009-12-05 23:33 (UTC)
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Keyword:ed - vitaminless
I'm terribly pleased for you. For each of the million things wrong, we have to filter through them and find the one thing that's right, and I'm so happy you're able to do that.
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User: joycemocha
Date: 2009-12-05 23:33 (UTC)
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Congrats! Good to see that fitness proceeds, in spite of cancer and surgery. Good job.
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shelly_rae: Triathlete
User: shelly_rae
Date: 2009-12-05 23:33 (UTC)
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Next week the 90 minute walk?
Not to hurry you or anything.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2009-12-06 13:39 (UTC)
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Oh hell yes.
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User: crystalrmartin
Date: 2009-12-05 23:42 (UTC)
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Have I told you lately how much you amaze me? You are so inspirational in the way you take on life. *hugs* (I just believe we all need to hear it once in awhile.) :D
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User: ygolonac
Date: 2009-12-05 23:43 (UTC)
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Cool beans.

That abdominal surgery thing is no joke. It's been 7 years since mine and I still get into cars funny, a relic of the time when I was trying to avoid breaking in half when I got into cars.
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User: markbourne
Date: 2009-12-06 00:44 (UTC)
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And there are more victories yet to come, each one sweeter than it would have been before your medical journey. Every day now, when I step out of the shower without needing support, I do a mental boo-yah dance. The day I carried the shower bench to the garage on my own, that was a good day. These little "I win" victories are like fine chocolates that beforehand weren't even stale Hershey's Kisses. Enjoy 'em to the fullest.
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User: twilight2000
Date: 2009-12-06 01:09 (UTC)
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Woo Hoo! Congrats on taking back that hour!!!
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User: scarlettina
Date: 2009-12-06 01:13 (UTC)
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Excellent news, Jay.
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User: aprilhenry
Date: 2009-12-06 01:55 (UTC)
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That's wonderful news. I am glad you are so strong, so soon.
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Matthew S. Rotundo: Typewriter
User: matthewsrotundo
Date: 2009-12-06 04:59 (UTC)
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Walk on, my brother. Walk on.
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Nat S Ford: yay
User: natf
Date: 2009-12-09 15:47 (UTC)
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YAY! I am so pleased for you! May you go from strength to strength.
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