I'm not sure the past few years have been fun-filled but they have certainly gone by quickly.
On April 2nd it was four years since I had my Ileal Conduit put in place. After four years of fine-tuning, including several more rounds of surgery, things are now working well and I can really begin to look forward again.
The past four months have been really difficult. Two major operations in six weeks took their toll both physically and mentally, culminating in a not so welcome stay by the Black Dog (depression). With support from my wonderful family and my GP I do finally feel as if I am emerging from a long dark tunnel into the daylight. Seeing signs of Spring certainly helps me feel brighter and more optimistic.
So - what to do to celebrate feeling well again?
Best foot forward!
Several years ago, I was a regular Moonwalker (the Moonwalk being a marathon or half-marathon length walk around London at night, wearing decorated bras - men as well as women! - to raise money for research into breast cancer and support for those diagnosed with it).
I really enjoy power walking and have missed not being able to get out walking over the past few years. In a moment of madness I applied for and gained a place in the Great Newham 10k Run on July 17th 2006. I am intending to power walk the course with my old walking buddy, to raise money for the Urostomy Association. The course goes around the Olympic park in Stratford, London and finishes in the stadium, following in the hallowed footsteps of Mo Farah, Usain Bolt and Jessica Ennis-Hill no less! I know that power walking will also help with my continuing recovery. It's also a great way to observe my neighbourhood more closely.
The training begins
I guess I had better go and dig my trainers out from the back of the cupboard and get started on my training plan. I'll let you know how my training progresses.
Celebrate feeling well again by doing something you love