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Keeping active has helped me see off cancer
9:30am Saturday 31st August 2013 in News
A FATHER-OF-FOUR from the Vale who beat testicular cancer has spoken out about the importance of exercise and seeking support in recovery and recuperation.
Mike Bell from Bretforton, near Evesham,was diagnosed with the disease in December 2007 and, after undergoing a course of treatment, was given the all-clear earlier this year.
Now the 54-year-old company director has spoken out about how keeping a positive attitude is the most essential part of the recovery process.
“If you get cancer don’t think its the end of your life,” he said.
“It really focuses your mind so you are looking at things that are more important such as family and my health rather than the more trivial things.”
He said there is a wealth of support available to people suffering from all forms of the disease.
“The most important thing is to keep a positive attitude and talk to people who have been in the same position,”
he said. “You can look someone in the eye who has cancer and they are much more believable than someone else, no matter how well trained they are, because they’ve felt the same emotions you have.
“It’s fair to say that if I didn’t have the support of the medical people I would probably be dead.”
The keen cyclist said exercise had been one of the most valuable tools on his road to recovery.
“I know how dejected and miserable I felt thinking ‘am I ever going to get fit again?’,” he said “Having the discipline to get back into regular training and the physical pleasure of achieving results really helped.”
Mr Bell said he has taken on a number of cycling and fitness events and on Sunday, September 1 will be taking part in the Rotary Dorset bike ride for Cancer Research UK.
“It has physical rewards and psychological rewards, he said. “If you’re running or cycling it’s very hard to feel sad.”
The ride, organised by Wareham Rotary Club, starts at the Bovington Tank Museum and travels around the Dorset countryside. Last year, Organisers are hoping to raise £30,000.
For more details or to get involved visit dorset-bikeride.
co.uk or call 07973 189 395.
For advice on help and support available to people with cancer visit cancerresearchuk.
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