Client Feature: Sofia Lee, Breast Cancer Survivor
Updated: Jan 5
1. What is the difference to your activity levels in the past during your battle with cancer compared to now?
I used to be active in doing yoga, running and aqua aerobics. However, months prior to my cancer diagnosis, I was always feeling lethargic, listless and couldn't cope with my active lifestyle.
During treatment, I was constantly too lethargic and sore to do any exercise. The bad gastric pain, caused by treatment, resulted in multiple hospital stays.
After treatment, I tried getting back into fitness with yoga. I went for multiple classes with different yoga instructors, however, my body seemed to be unable to recover from the aches and pain. Being out of practice, I had compromised form in many poses resulting in the stiffening of my upper back, shoulder and neck, making it harder to stretch.
Yoga is beneficial for us cancer survivors as good stretching helps in the post-treatment phase. During my yoga journey, I learned that some weak muscles need to be strengthened to improve my overall mobility.
2. How were you able to get back on your feet and start exercising?
The digression from being an active person to an inactive crouch potato felt awful, at times rather depressing. Chemotherapy and radiotherapy affects one's emotional wellbeing too, especially the hormonal changes most breast cancer victims experience. The adrenaline rush that comes with the exercise to lift up one's spirit is the reason I wanted to get back on my feet and start exercising again.
3. What made you decide to start exercising again and engage a PT?
In the past, I tried some group classes but I faced a lot of difficulty in trying to follow along in class due to my incessant aches and pain. I realised some of my weaker areas were not being addressed. I needed someone to guide me personally to identify and strengthen my weaker areas.
A training regime that incorporates strength training in the gym, paired with mobility training and yoga stretches, complement each other well to give the best results for my condition.
4. How have your PT experiences with Eunsang been?
She's caring, lovely, gentle and genuine. I can feel her sincerity in wanting to help me achieve my fitness goals. Most of all I feel motivated by her and it is my secret wish to be as fit as she is. Her skills of being both a Personal Trainer and a Yoga Instructor are exactly what I need and I enjoy working out with her tremendously.
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