Sidney was in his sixties when he developed cancer of the colon.
‘I was devastated when I got my diagnosis. I didn’t want to go out, I just wanted to hide away. My doctor explained to me that being active would help me before my treatment, help me cope with my treatment and help me recover better so I thought I should try.”
‘After my treatment I had a colostomy bag. I was concerned that any exercise I did would mess up my bag or the bag would get in the way. I was also embarrassed about the bag and didn’t want anyone to know I had it. But the nurse and my doctor encouraged me to go for regular walks. I soon realised that walking was fine, it didn’t affect my bag at all. In fact as I got more used to it and less conscious of it I joined a walking group.’
“Now I’ve finished my treatments. My bag has gone and I am still walking every day. I want to do whatever I can to keep healthy and live longer, I now know that being active will definitely help so I determined to keep it up. I enjoy it too – being in the walking group is great, it’s brought a new group of people into my life and given me lots more to talk about.”