The pool and I
So originally I was told that I may not live longer than 5 years. I’m so happy to say that was 9 years ago.
I use oxygen 24/7, I’m at stage 4 and I’m still trying to maintain a “normal” life, that is, normal to me, which changes frequently. As long as I maintain an attitude of gratitude and a positive attitude I’m able to persevere. Well, thanks to pulmonary rehab 3 times and My desire to live as full of a life as possible I continue on. I have been quite fortunate and determination helps. I was taught life sustaining exercise (walking on the treadmill, riding a stationary bike, and exercises that builds endurance and muscle).
One day I decided to give the pool a try. I laid my E tank next to the pool with 15 foot tubing and began a modified swim across the width of the pool. Initially I wasn’t able to go far but as time has progressed my endurance has progressed. That was 2 years ago and I’m able to enjoy the pool a few days a week with a few days rest in between. I encourage everyone to try something new, if it doesn’t work, try something else until you’re able to find something that brings you joy and keeps you active. There’s a saying “a body in motion, stays in motion… a body at rest, stays at rest. Activity, no matter how minuscule, has prolonged and improved the quality of my life. My level of hope has increased tremendously, impacting my outlook and that of my family. Thank you for letting me share!
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