A pilot retreat was held in Saddleworth, Greater Manchester on 26-28 August 2016 and I offered the below:
“Have you just been diagnosed with cancer? Do you have cancer? Are you recovering from cancer? Ever considered how exercise might support you with your recovery? Maybe you need some motivation to start or continue exercising?”
This was a two day retreat giving people the opportunity to try exercise, perhaps something you have done before or maybe completely different in a safe, welcoming environment surrounded by like-minded people who understand what you are going through.
When you are diagnosed with cancer, people tell you to take it easy. Yes chemotherapy is hard but from the recent reports such as ‘ Exercise as a treatment for depression’ this can be the wrong thing to do. Your wellbeing has so much to do with both your physical AND mental wellbeing.
I know cancer affects everyone differently but exercise, I believe, does help with your physical wellbeing and gives you a focus and a buzz to get out and do something. The mental wellbeing that it can provide is a great help as a patient. It’s a vicious circle, we are ill, we eat, we put on weight, we get upset about it. If you’re in this circle, you’ll understand the scenario.
After Christmas, the gyms are full of people starting out on New Year’s resolutions to keep fit but this has to change. We have to think about exercise as a way of life. If we are not doing it, why are we not doing it? You HAVE to make time. There are so many different things to try, there is something for everyone, it’s just a case of working out what’s right for you. The NHS recommendations for adults are to undertake ‘at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise every week’ and also strength exercises for major muscles.
Everyone who knows me, sees how energetic I am and asks how I keep exercising? My answer, because it helps me hugely. Increased weight can increase the risk for so many people from diabetes, to heart problems, to cancer. What a better reason to exercise than to try to help risk reduce cancer or a recurrence? And to help prevent other health issues?
It truly is a way of life and I hope that in the time we spend together, I can help to motivate you and help you find something that you may want to continue for life and reach whatever goal you may have.
Dealing with a cancer diagnosis is tough, you may feel like you will never be your old self again but if you can find the motivation, you can become stronger; mentally and physically. I’m hoping you can take the motivation back home with you even to your family and friends. Supporting a patient in their fitness, is a really good way to help people to recover.
Lastly, my Oncologist Dr Greg Wilson quoted the below in a conversation we had before the pilot retreat:
“Number of patients harmed by exercise = 0
Number of patients having worse/poor outcomes due to
lack of exercise = countless”
Here is what to expect
There will be a range of activities to participate in across different parts to the retreat.
Relaxation & therapies
How to deal with menopause or discussion on nutrition – with a trained professional.
NB : All the sessions are all led by fully qualified instructors/coaches and when you book I will provide their details.
I’m hoping the retreat can help to give you or regain:
- Shared experience
- Meeting new friends
- Time away from your normal life
- Getting out in the fresh air
- Seeing the beauty of Saddleworth that I love
2 day package: bed and breakfast rooms, all meals except Friday and Saturday evening meals, cycling off road by a coach, with bikes, helmet hire included, jogging coaching, organised Nordic walk in the hills, Iyengar yoga and personal time, enjoyment with new friends, group conversations. Knowledge and guidance from experts teaching classes or techniques.
I hope I can provide:
- Excellence in attention – giving you the full support and attention for your experience • Make your stay as comfortable as possible • Provide an enjoyable experience through exercise, relaxation and fun • Help you feel at total ease through renewal, rejuvenation and refreshing experience • Give you the techniques you need so that when you leave, you can hopefully continue to keep motivated and have self help in some areas.
Arrive late afternoon
Meet and greet with myself and possibly other supportive people who will be helping on the retreat
Evening meal at the hotel or other restaurant
A short introduction to jogging approx 3 miles
Cycling approx 3 miles
Stretching and relax with restorative yoga
Hand or foot massage by therapist
Evening meal at local restaurant
Early morning local Nordic walk to local beauty spot
Lunch and finish.
Plan your journey home around 3-4pm home time to take into consideration lunch and any transport connections and freshen up after the walk.
ABCD retreats “Motivation & Exercise through
recovery and beyond”
More information please look at:
Jo Taylor is a breast cancer advocate who enjoys fitness to help with her diagnosis of secondary breast cancer. This diagnosis is incurable but treatable. She is a huge advocate of keeping fit and healthy not just physically but mentally too and fitness which can help patients. She regularly participates in cycling, running, Nordic Walking and yoga and wants other patients to benefit from the buzz you get from exercising whether you are a beginner, an intermediate or an experienced person, this can help with motivation or if you just like meeting other similar people who have similar interests or diagnosis then this is for you.
Her website provides support for primary and secondary breast cancer patients making informed choices with information, up to date news on treatments, breast surgeries, consultants, hospitals and useful links.
WHEN: (Friday – Sunday)
**SORRY ALL 2018 DATES ARE FULLY BOOKED!**
June 8th – 10th
September 14th – 16th
October 5th – 7th
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
WHERE: Saddleworth, England
The nearest train station is Greenfield, Saddleworth and I will provide details of your accommodation directly to you.
COST: tba – this maybe a fully funded or partially funded retreat, I am awaiting confirmation from a grant application.
If you have secondary breast cancer please advise as I can access a grant to provide a fully funded weekend for you. The only cost will be travel to and from the event and evening meals and any drinks you have.
Possible dates for 2019
26-28 April 2019
17-18 May 2019
21-23 June 2019
12-14 July 2019
13-15 September 2019