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Take care of your body. You only get one.

Since my bout with testicular cancer all those years ago, one thing I’ve become very aware of is the importance of daily activity and maintenance of your body in general with quality food and supplements. I know this from experience. Well, the experience of not doing them enough, I mean.

About 5 years ago, I woke up one morning and was no longer able to walk. Just like that. My left achilles tendon was severely inflamed. Suddenly and for no particular reason. It was so bad, that the emergency doctor figured my ankle was broken. After negative x-rays, he sent me to a specialist who after an examination said, “Wow, that mutherfucker’s really inflamed.” I couldn’t touch the ground with my left foot. Period. Couldn’t bend it, put any weight on it, nothing. The pain and swelling was actually pretty remarkable. Doctor said, this can just “happen”. How? Fuck you, that’s how, apparently. I was on crutches for a month, and limping for another three months. It eventually just went away - which is what the specialist said would likely happen.

Three years ago, I went to India for 2 weeks. Incidentally, I was pretty god damn lucky in the timing, but literally 2 days after I returned, it happened again. This time I was on crutches off and on for eight months. I can’t even imagine how I would have travelled home hopping on one leg… from India. I was really fuckin’ lucky. Sounds weird to call eight months on crutches lucky, but you get the point. Anyway, hello shockwave therapy - the single most painful thing I’ve voluntarily done to myself. After several session, the tendon was healed. But, at this point, I’d been essentially sitting in a chair for about a year. Seldom walking further than 20 feet and back at a time. That did several shitty things to the rest of my body - things I’m still trying to work through now. I learned just how fast you can fall apart, no matter how strong you are, and the importance of keeping the machine well oiled and in use.

Moral of the story - when I recovered from cancer, I used Martial Arts to help me heal. Strangely, this more recent injury, while much further down the severity level of cancer, was a FAR more difficult thing to recover from. I’m just now, years later, starting to exercise again. Take care of yourself. Even if you feel fine, take a look at your diet and your activity level and start thinking about longevity and maintanence. It can all turn around on you fast if you’re not watching.

January 18, 2018

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