What’s up fellow T-Nationers!
I’ve been logging on here for a couple of years and have achieved some goals I am proud of, which in retrospect seem insignificant. Now is my time for a different goal, not simply to be strong again but to continue moving and living.
I had been in the best shape of my life until early 2013, when I started having mysterious sicknesses and symptoms. Slowly my strength dipped until early October when I passed large amounts of blood and ended up in ED, then at home crippled by fatigue and anorexia. Initial diagnosis of Mono was seven weeks later upgraded to Stage 3 bowel cancer.
In late November 2013 I had a tennis-ball size bowel cancer removed, along with half my stomach and most of my colon.
Due to lymph node involvement I am on Capox chemotherapy for approximately 6 months, started two weeks ago. Eight 3-week cycles.
Since my diagnosis in October, I lost over 20kg (97kg to 75kg current) though thankfully I was fat to start with.
My abdomen is weak as I had a full open surgery with sternum to groin incision.
31 yo male. Approximately 3 years, including 2 on various 5/3/1 templates.
Past PRs 500/385/265/171 D/S/B/P.
Current working maxes 65kg/55kg/45kg/40kg…
After my operation as soon as I was able, I began lifting shitty little dumbbells in my bedroom. I’m now sweet to lift barbells too, though my maxes have dropped substantially.
So I am back on a 5/3/1 template I whipped up:
DB Incline bench
DB Front and side delts
Side leg raises
DB Hammer Curls
DB rear delts
DB Skull crushers
DB Stiff Leg Deadlift
Single Leg Squats
DB rear Delts
-No direct Ab work (surgeon advice)
-No valsalva maneuver (surgeon advice)
-No chinups (they cause pain in my abdomen so surgeon said wait 6 months)
-I can’t do long workouts due to fatigue; 45 minutes seems to be about right
-My diet is a bit fucked due to nausea and loss of appetite, but I eat what I can
-Lift more and vomit less!
-Don’t become skinny-fat (would negate the living part)
-Reclaim the size required to fit my L NOV shirt (sexually tight fit)
I’m making this log both to keep myself honest, and to hopefully provide some information for anybody in similar situations to mine who may google “weight lifting on chemo”. I found very little on this subject when I searched.
Finished chemo new log: