• Have you changed your lifestyle any to avoid any type of "dangerous" activity since your diagnosis?

    Asked by CancerNews on Thursday, August 8, 2019

    Have you changed your lifestyle any to avoid any type of "dangerous" activity since your diagnosis?

    Have you stopped riding motorcycles?
    Stopped flying an airplane?
    No more motocross racing?
    Hung up the stock car racing helmet?
    No more hanging 10 off the coast of Maui on the big breakers?
    Given up mountain climbing?
    Running with the bulls is now walking outside the fence at the neighbor's farm?
    Can't wrangle snakes anymore, or charming the cobra is off the books now?

    You get the point, have you stopped doing anything that is even mildly dangerous for fear of killing yourself? Or have you gone the other direction and started trying to work your way through this list of things learning how to do them all for fear of dying without living?

    You know that Tim McGraw song "Live Like You Were Dying"? Which of these camps do you belong to?

    8 Answers from the Community

    8 answers
    • po18guy's Avatar

      Was enjoying a perfectly good evening of motorcycle riding when I came to realize that my eyesight had gone bad. Went off-road riding on my street bike. Unintentionally. Cataracts. Fixing it now. When a horse throws you, do you stop riding? No! Everyone says "Get back on that horse and tame (break) it!"

      And, for those who think osteoporosis is a bad thing, I have evidence to the contrary. In said mishap above, I broke scapula, glenoid, and 5 ribs into 12 pieces. WooHoo! Why? Because if I had strong bones, my shoulder joint would have been destroyed. No surgery, and my broken should is less painful and has greater range of motion than the unbroken one.

      Go figure.

      6 months ago
    • beachbum5817's Avatar

      I stopped riding on the back of my husband's motorcycle. I looked at it as I had worked too hard to live, so I wasn't going to take any unnecessary risks. I never regretted making the decision, and I don't look at it as giving up on living.

      6 months ago
    • JaneA's Avatar

      I must admit that I am more careful about walking in tall grass here in Georgia. We have rattlesnakes. I figure that I didn't go through a year of treatment to get NED after a Stage IV diagnosis to get killed by a rattlesnake.

      6 months ago
    • MiaMag5's Avatar

      I lived a wild & crazy life. Then the poop hit the fan. My Mother died from pancreatic cancer. I was handling her hospice care and doing her nails, at her request. I suddenly noticed that she had quietly stopped breathing. I subsequently had a heart attack, E-coli from dental work, followed by a back fusion with a laminectomy. A year later I woke up and could not see. The pain in my neck and body was intractable. My so-called primary doc said I had allergies. We went to the ER with a copy of my most recent blood work. I was rushed into a '"negative air room." My husband and sister stepped out to get some coffee. The first dr, who was a family friend and the recent father of twins, opened the door slightly and said, "You have spinal meningitis and I'm sorry but I can't come in, you know with the babies and all, but I'm sorry for the news." Soon he returned, again outside the door. "Oh, by the way you have Leukemia, also. After he was gone, I started chuckling then outright laughing. When my family returned, they thought I had completely lost it. Especially, when I told why I was laughing. They did not see the humor. Nor did I when I had a very bad reaction to the transfusion they gave me. I started seizing. That was new and I was glad I was unconscience when it was going on. Turns out I had to have my blood custom blended. La Ti Dah. Anyway, after eight months in hospital, I was ready to rock n roll. A stem cell transplant saved my life and being bald did not bother me at all. I even used it as my profile pic, until my family asked me to change it. It made them sad. Anyway, out I went making plans for a River Rafting Trip later that year followed by a road trip up the coast of CA. Then I felt sick again. This time it was Sepsis and back to UCLA I went. No kayaking that year and no road trip. My AML was in my brain and spine and I had brain surgery at some point. Coupled with the previous back surgery, I was having difficulty walking. I aged 10 years rapidly. It hurts both physically and mentally. I keep hoping I'll find a way to be healed some day. So wish me luck so I can get wild & crazy again! Forgive my synopsis, please.

      6 months ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar

      I don't take more or fewer risks now. When I was diagnosed, I resolved to keep living the life I have to the fullest extent possible. I was doing that before I was diagnosed. And, I've continued to do so since diagnosis. Sometimes, treatment has slowed me down, but I've found other less-energy sapping activities to fill my days.

      6 months ago
    • Bengal's Avatar

      I look forward to the day I feel strong enough, and limber enough to go downhill skiing again. I don't take fewer risks by my choice. With chronic fatigue and crippling joint pain the choice was kinda taken away from me.

      6 months ago
    • andreacha's Avatar

      MiaMag5 - I had to reread your post twice. It was so much to take in. I can imagine you feel the same way! All I can possibly say to all of that is that I will be praying for better days ahead for you. Please accept my very best wishes for healing.

      6 months ago
    • still_fighting's Avatar

      Yes, it has. When first diagnosed I lived my daily life as usual except for going in every 3 mths to get tested. After treatments started I wasn't sure if the CLL or the treatments would kill me. So I could no longer fly or go on vacations because I couldn't be far from my oncologist or treatment center. Now that I am in "clinical remission" meaning I'm in remission with daily chemo pills and once a mth IV treatment so I'm still slightly tethered but now I am at least physically able to go should I choose.

      6 months ago

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