After Cancer, It’s Still You, But With So Much More!
This challenge has fueled my desire to face new challenges. A way to regain
control over my body. During treatments, the body is completely passive. I
underwent the treatments without a fuss, accepting every stage without
flinching. Once the treatments were over, I thought to myself: "Okay, the body
has gone far into the negative (on the wellness spectrum), so now I'll push it to
the other end: let"s go far together into the positive."
I then embarked on various athletic challenges, even though I was never
into sports before.
I started running, practicing yoga, hiking, and even went paragliding. My next
adventure: cycling through the Loire Valley.
I participated in running races and, most importantly, I enjoyed them: the 20km
of Brussels, the 20km of Paris, the festive half-marathon in Givry, and soon,
the Amsterdam half-marathon.
I also went paragliding on the slopes of the Swiss mountains in Evolène. It's
worth mentioning that I have a paralyzing fear of heights. However, when I
jumped, I felt completely calm. It was as if I wasn't afraid of anything anymore.
All my fears faded that day. I realized that the real fear, the deep one, I had
experienced it in the hospital. Everything else now is pure joy.
Crossing the finish line of the 20km of Brussels for the first time. A mix of
excitement, nostalgia, and pride. It was a whirlwind of emotions, but crossing
that symbolic line enabled me to begin my new life, the post-cancer life. It
marked the beginning of something new.