So the day I have been so looking forward to has finally arrived (2 weeks earlier than planned)….. I have a run ‘in the bag’!!! Admittedly a small one (6.5km with 3 breaks), but at least it’s a start!.
I had my second follow up with Merv today which went really well. He explained the bloods were still looking great and that my liver was already up to 70% capacity. Being just over 2 weeks since surgery he said that I was ‘ahead of the curve’ which was really encouraging to hear.
I asked him about running and he was very honest and practical about it which I really appreciated. He clearly understood that starting to run again is a key milestone in my mental recovery to both surgeries. He explained that if I feel ready then I can go for it, although as always I need to listen to my body and take it steady. So, that’s exactly what I have done tonight…..and I feel mentally on top of the world!. With the iPod on and the wind in my face, I didn’t think about cancer once!…couldn’t have asked for more. Ok, so I must admit to feeling like I had lead weights attached to my legs and that at the end I had just run a full marathon, but then Merv did say that feeling tired will be totally normal. Over time this will slowly come back and I will properly be ‘back in the game’ again!.
Going back to work yesterday and today, combined with the run tonight has really now made me feel like there is ‘light at the end of this tunnel’ after all!!!