“If someone had told me in February this year that I would be going to the gym, I’d have laughed at them! My consultant asked if I would like to give it a go, explaining the idea that if you’re fit before surgery, it will get you out of hospital quicker, so I said yes.
I went to meet Kirsty at [the gym] and I was struck by her enthusiasm straight away. I had a routine assessment and she coached me through [the programme]. We did a bit of weight training – something I’d never done before, but I liked it.
It was a bit intimidating but I must admit it’s flipping lovely in there, it’s a lovely environment, people are so friendly, they say hello. It’s a lovely community.
Within a few weeks I was doing 1 hour sessions. Kirsty was pleased with my blood pressure and heart rate.
The surgery was quite daunting and took 10.5 hours. I was told I’d be in hospital for 2, 3 or 4 weeks. Well, I was out within 9 days. I couldn’t believe it. All this is down to Kirsty and the fitness regime – it’s been marvellous.
I’m so grateful that I took part in this scheme, I really am. I’ve just had a new grandson arrive in February, he’s also inspired me and I want to get better to see him – that’s encouraged me to get moving. I’m keen to keep going [to the gym] once, and if I can, twice a week.”
David Fowles, Prehab4Cancer Participant