I recently had the opportunity to “talk” with a fellow blogger.  He’d read my blog about Mary Tyler Mom and Donna’s Cancer story (in Life is Hard, Wear a Helmet). I’m sure, of course, that he was as irreversibly touched by Donna’s heartbreaking story as we all were.   He messaged me and asked if I would consider him for a guest blog spot on my blog.  Of course, because I’m paranoid about crazy people (and because of all the psychos I attract with the blog name of Life With Penis People), I googled David’s email to see what he was all about.

Turns out, he’s pretty damn kick-ass.  He’s battled Cancer himself and is an advocate for Cancer patients and educator about the benefits of physical fitness during and after a Cancer diagnosis.  He is the Community Awareness Director for the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance and is, from what I could gather while I quietly stalked him from afar, a pretty avid rock climber (which alone is pretty damn kick ass by itself).  While you obviously can’t know everything about ANYONE just from googling them (google is good but its not THAT damn good)…….he gives off this vibe of hope and healing that I have to admire.

And so I agreed that I would give him a guest blog (which is attached below).  Read it (I command you LOL) and pass it on at will……and stop by HIS blog page and tell him hello and that Danielle from Life With Penis People sent you!

Links to David Haas :

Haas Blaag

Exercise for Cancer Survivors Blog

Physical Fitness for Cancer Patients- There Are So Many Benefits

as written by David Haas

No matter where you are in your struggle with cancer, adding an exercise program to your daily schedule can benefit you in many ways. Getting moderate to vigorous exercise on a regular basis can enhance cardiovascular health, reduce depression, lessen anxiety, lower blood pressure and boost self-esteem.

When you’re going through cancer treatment, even getting up off the couch can be exhausting. The fatigue associated with radiation and chemotherapy treatment is very real and troubling to many patients. So how can even the slightest amount of exercise fit into an exhausted patient’s life?

On those days when you can barely move, give yourself a break. Nobody expects you to do push-ups at this time. In fact, start to think positively about how good you’ll feel later, after treatment, when you can start enjoying just living again. Later you can start exercising regularly. In the meantime, anything you can do to move around a little more is helpful. You’ll breathe better, digestion improves and your spirit will lift with even just tiny spurts of extra movement.

When you’re feeling up to it, slowly add in more exercise. Take walks outside in the sunshine, which produces vitamin D. As you gradually start feeling better, add in some more activities: bicycling, yoga, a brisk game of badminton, gardening and swimming. Weight and resistance training are helpful in building muscle, stretching exercises can add flexibility and aerobic walking and swimming builds cardiovascular fitness.

Ample evidence shows regular exercise, as well as eating a healthy diet, aids in preventing chronic diseases such as heart problems, diabetes, high blood pressure and cancer. Newer evidence reveals that physical activity also correlates with reduced risk of cancer reoccurrence and longer survival times. Because of this, cancer therapy centers are beginning to add exercise programs to their overall treatment protocols.

This is terrific news for cancer patients and survivors. Physical fitness can be life improving in all stages of cancer. After the diagnosis it will help with depression and stress, during treatment mild exercise can combat the downside of radiation and chemo and during remission use exercise to combat the risk of cancers returning.

Cancer patients should always check with their doctors before beginning any new diet or fitness program, however. Patients who might have lost a lung to lung cancer or mesothelioma can begin exercising once they’re recovered from surgery and other treatments. So don’t give up if you have a difficult cancer. All cancer patients and survivors will benefit from physical fitness and exercise once they begin. Just start moving on the road to feeling better and enhancing your life.