Cycle Therapy!

Wow, what an couple of weeks!

Just over two weeks ago we had the hammer blow of my dad being diagnosed with bowel cancer, and then 10 days later he suffered a stroke. I don’t think I have ever felt so helpless and down – it felt like my world was being torn apart. Anyway, he is now at home recovering from the stroke, and that is going pretty well, and we had a meeting with the surgical team who explained the cancer was contained, hadn’t spread, and so they would operate as soon as he was fit for surgery.

Now I know this is still a bad situation to be in, but it is the best we could have hoped for and I know the family will unite to support my dad through this.

Naturally when this all kicked off I abandoned the bike in favour of the truck – giving lifts to mum, fetching and carrying etc were not going to fit in with cycling, but as the days went on I returned to the bike and felt the better for it. I found a good place at the hospital to lock Betsy up, and no one seemed to mind too much that I was arriving in cycling apparel. (I had regular clothes in my trunk bag and changed in dad’s room).

I found that even though I was emotionally and physically tired, the cycling gave me space and time out – I took a route through the park from office to hospital and just enjoyed the peace. The cycling definitely helped deal with the stress and give me time to think and rationalise what was going on.

So forget happy pills and therapy, get yourself out on a bike – cycle therapy is the way forward!

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