Becoming active made me less isolated and allowed me to realize I was still relative to the world I lived. Today, because of the complications from the chemotherapy, I am not able to drive so I am ‘homebound’ for the most part. As a result of the rehabilitation program that I attended, I learned various exercises that I could do on my own. These helped me gain strength and become more active.
I also am lucky to have a community pool that has handicap access and allows me to swim and participate in water aerobics. If my husband cannot take me to the pool, I am able to use UBER which is a cost-effective alternative to a cab. Friends also have been gracious to pick me up and drive to meetings, take me out to lunch or other social engagements that come up from time to time.
I am still hopeful that my foot drop and neuropathy resolve, but in the meantime, I am adding more activities to my day that helps me gain strength and allow me to make good use of my time.
I am grateful to be able to give back to organizations that are important to me professionally. Volunteering and giving back has been an important component of my recovery as it has allowed me to take small steps in improving my cognition and organizational skills. I have learned that as a result of brain surgery and chemotherapy, many of the executive functions that we take for granted have been impacted. Being involved with various projects is stimulating and has helped me build my confidence and kept me active.
Have a good week!