My mother travelled from Australia to look after me when I started treatment and her phone did a great autocorrect last week when she told my sisters on our whatsapp group page that I had a glow in my cheeks and was looking so much better since I started doing pirates. As interesting as I think that might be, and who knows it might even help my recovery, she was actually referring to my new found love of pilates.
My friends all chipped in to give me a wishing well to spend in London when I left Australia 3 months ago (thanks again girls) and I finally found something to put it to good use with a course of private Pilates sessions on reformer machines. The sense of well being and strength I’ve found from this has blown me away – I can see why my friends have become addicted to this wonderful workout.
Today, two days after my first treatment my South African instructor Karen took me through a gentle workout – actually she wasn’t that gentle! It felt good to get my body moving again and I was perspiring much more than usual – I think the obinutuzimab is still in my system. She could see the changes in my body since last week – my abdominal lymphadenopathy had given me a bloated look. I’m hoping the strength exercises will help my poor veins recover too before next week’s treatment and it’s great to leave the studio with that “I’m very much alive” feeling. Now time for a long hot soak in the tub and a lie down!