View Full Version : Coming Off Chemotherapy

August 15th, 2003, 01:30 PM
I'm 56 years old and have had a pretty disappointing year when it comes to swimming. Had to discontinue work-outs in January for cancer surgery, followed by radiation treatments, followed by chemo. I've lost about 25 pounds in the process and fatigue is the worse side effect. The chemo will end in October and I'm determined to qualify for Nationals once I get the strength back to start swimming in earnest again -- probably in late November or December.

My question is this: do any of you have any hints, tips or suggestions for what dry land excercises I can do to start building strength in my arms and legs in preparation for swimming again (I can't get into a pool yet for slow swims because one of the side effects of this particular chemo is an extreme sensitivity to anything colder than warm).

Thanks in advance for your opinions and replies. Dick

August 15th, 2003, 03:56 PM
Good for you for getting right back at it. My mother is recovering from surgery as well and has only recently been able to get back in the water. She's found that being away for the pool for even a short time is difficult. During her recovery, she worked out with StretchCordz with handles. You can get them for about $40 at www.swimshop.com. Mimicking the swim stroke on land with one of these will help you keep your back and lats in shape. She kept her legs fresh simply by daily brisk walks.

Best of luck to you in your recovery and your goal of nationals.