Life after lymphoma treatment: How I’m focusing on my health

Before my cancer diagnosis, I used to think that death steals life from us. Now I realize that it’s the other way around; death is the constant, and life is ephemeral, brief and easy to lose. While this might sound dark, coming to this conclusion actually has helped me better appreciate what I have and inspired me to lead a healthy lifestyle after cancer. In July 2013, I was diagnosed with stage IE extranodal N/K T-cell lymphoma, a rare cancer in my nasal passage. During my treatment at MD Anderson, my oncologists told me that exercise was an important part of treatment. So I walked a lot – about 5 miles every day. I think this is a big part of the reason my lymphoma treatment was relatively trouble-free. As I entered remission, my doctors continued to stress the importance of physical activity. At that time, I committed to continuing my daily exercise routine. Within three weeks of completing chemotherapy, I’d worked my way up to running 3 miles every other day. How I stay motivated to exercise Four years later, I’m still running every other day and doing between 50 and 150 pushups along my run. On the days I don’t run, I try to get in 10,000 steps on my fitness tracker, and on weekends, I work in a different sort of activity, such as a hike or a mountain bike ride. I’ve found that working out early in the morning helps ensure that I get my physical activity in, and it supercharges me for the rest of the day. I’ll admit, staying consistent can get difficult....