Sometimes I climb hills just to piss my cancer off

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Pissing off cancer is both metaphorical and physical

Being diagnosed with a Grade 2 metastatic Neuroendocrine Cancer in 2010 was a bit of a shock. I didn’t feel ill enough to have a stage IV cancer.   At first, I just kept working thinking this was ‘something and nothing’ and normality would return in due course. Optimum and realism sometimes conflict but I eventually found myself in the middle of both, tweaking the path as I went along it.  Occasionally, my path took me upwards and downwards in a metaphorical sense and with advanced cancer, sometimes a metaphorical hill climb is necessary but needs motivation.

I do a lot of walking and climbing hills is not easy when your get older, but the motivation is often there.  I do believe there are some parallels and it’s why I once wrote a blog called “Sometimes you gotta climb that hill” It was featured by 3 cancer advocate organisations so it must have struck a chord with them.  Perhaps they see the motivational challenges that people can have and not just the physical challenges, thus why they may have appreciated the metaphoric angle. 

The physical challenge

Personally, I like a physical challenge that I believe is within my capability or is on the edge of it.  I found for me that climbing up a hill generated a euphoric feeling of ‘winning’ which I later worded in a series of posts entitled “Piss off cancer ……..etc”.   If you want to follow my walks in general, you should follow my Facebook account “Ronny Allan” – click here to visit. 

The piss off cancer challenge

Cancer can’t hear that of course but if it makes you feel better, why not!  This can really be applied to many situations, things that people thought they would never do again after their diagnosis, suddenly when things settle, they find these things are possible.  I love seeing this happen in my group.  People returning to past pursuits and/or taking up new ones. People going to on holiday when they thought it was no longer possible, people deciding to go to nursing school, people generally stocking up their bucket list.  Stop talking about it, get on and do it! 

I even introduced it to my birthdays and any of my special ‘cancerversaries’.  It’s great fun.

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