Guest piece: Ian’s story

IanRigbyHomeI was diagnosed with a rectal cancer in 2003 when I was 52 years old, unfortunately the cancer was well advanced and had spread to other parts of my body including the liver. After over a year of treatment including operations, chemo and radiotherapy I returned to my job as a Head teacher. The treatment left me with a colostomy and in a poor physical condition.Before the illness I was very fit, my main teaching subjects were P.E. and science, I ran and played volleyball regularly.Whilst recovering I joined a walking group called “Action for Life” located in the Tandridge area of Surrey. At first I could barely walk a few hundred metres but the leaders were helpful and encouraging and I slowly improved. When I retired from teaching in 2006  I trained as a leader and the group became “Walking for Health”, all the leaders are trained and have first aid knowledge,we are now linked to the Ramblers, YMCA and Macmillan. I lead two walks a week although the programme we offer has a walk nearly every day. All the walks are carefully planned and risk assessed and can be up to 3 miles in length. Walking on a regular basis both prevents and aids recovery from illness but one of the greatest benefits is the social side; several walkers with mental health issues often comment on how it has helped them.We regularly have between twenty and thirty walkers and they all agree it has helped them health wise, socially and in reducing stress. I have always felt that if you think you can do something you probably can! By the way I am back playing volleyball.

Ian Rigby

Dorset Living Well Active is now live!

We are excited to announce that The Dorset Living Well Active Project new website is now live livingwellactive.org , providing a ‘shopfront’ for the activities, events, learning and support opportunities on offer. Once a person living with cancer has registered as a member on the site they are able to view a dedicated activity/service information page. There will also be news, events and testimonials which will be promoted through the site and social media. Watch this space for developments on the project!

Do you use online tools to help you get yourself or other people moving more and aware of the benefits to physical activity? Tweet us @Macmovemore we’d love to see what like minded individuals are doing.