But I do ride my bike because it gives me two big things; Hope and Freedom.
When I had cancer, it was Ewings Sarcoma, and in my right leg. A common place for this cancer to occur. Given that I had surgery on that leg, removing a large portion of my inner right thigh, and with the extra time it takes to heal when on chemotherapy, it was a long time until I was able to walk again, let alone do any type of "real" physical activity.
As the months went on, and my leg did slowly heal, I purchased a rather cheap bicycle (I have since bought a better one, my advice, don't get a cheap bike!). I could only use it once and awhile, but when I did it felt great. I had been told that being able to exercise would help me during chemo, so I did it as often as I could.
After finishing treatment I used cycling as a way to get back into decent physical shape. I love in Vancouver, which although has a beautiful mountain view, is actually quite flat providing a great place for an amateur cyclists such as myself. I used both bikes at the gym when the weather was bad, and my bike outside when the weather was nice.
As much as I like being around people sometimes, I find cycling, spending time by myself extremely freeing. I can just get on my bike and go. I really enjoy cycling by the ocean, I always find it very calming, sometimes that feeling is in short supply. It gives me back the freedom that was taken away from me when I had cancer. It is as hard or as easy as I want the day to be, and I can be alone with my thoughts. I use it to focus myself, and to get my world back on track. I have heard many people use sports such as running, or skating, where you can be by yourself in a similar way.
|Me in the rain! (Not a great pic but oh well!) The yellow flag is for cancer survivors!|
|Me and Sara at the end of our ride for the BCCA! (240 km!)|
When I ride my bike, my leg is creaky, but it is getting better. Each mile I go makes me more focused on the next.
Cycling has given me my freedom again, it will always give me hope, and for what it is worth, piece of mind.
|Me at the Terry Fox Statue (Victoria, BC Inspirational!)|