This morning I finally visited The Wellness House, a cancer care center. It has been on my “to do” list for months and numerous times I just didn’t make it there in spite of plans to do so. In fact, a year ago I walked in their 3K fundraising walk (without actually signing up or officially contributing) but didn’t go inside to really check it out. The are gearing up for a walk/run this Sunday and I’m thinking of making myself do it.
I don’t know why I didn’t go sooner. They offer free massages, exercise classes, education, support groups and even individual counseling. I think I was mostly focused on just getting through treatment and didn’t have a lot of energy (or time) for anything else. I felt supported by my friends and family and strengthened by my writing and my faith.
But now that treatment and all the crazy-busyness of the last
few four six months is over, it just seems like time to take care of my emotional and physical well-being. A Wellness House seems like the perfect place to do it.
So I’m going to drop off my medical release forms at work today and start attending a few exercise classes. I’m going to start with the Pink Ribbon Fitness, hoping it will help me improve the range of motion of my right arm and keep me from ever getting lymphedema. (Just to be safe I bought and wore this “Lymphediva” sleeve on the overseas flights. Kind of cool, huh?) I’ve already spilled tears with one of the therapists so I’ll probably go back and see her a few times as well. And I will definitely figure out a way to sign up for a free massage!