In September 2016, 69 year-old Derek was diagnosed with prostate cancer which resulted in him having to undergo radical prostate surgery in December 2016. He got involved with the Active Recovery programme a year later as a result of attending a wellbeing event at Derby County Football Club and hearing how keeping fit and healthy could be a contributing factor to reducing the risk of cancer from returning.
This, coupled with the fact that Derek had put on a considerable amount of weight due to having just retired, then undergone surgery, was a pretty good incentive to get active again.
Derek had started going to his local gym, but found it neither stimulating nor motivating. Nobody wanted to speak or be friendly in any way and it was all too easy for Derek to pack up once he got bored and had enough.
Since giving up the gym and starting with Active Recovery, Derek has found the programme of circuit training that he attends twice a week to be both stimulating, motivating and suits his style of exercise.
Derek had this to say about his experience with Active Recovery:
“If it wasn’t for DCCT, it’s unlikely that I would have continued on a regime of keeping fit. If I tire of my current keep fit activities, there are plenty of other things I can do to with DCCT to remain healthy.
“Everyone is very friendly, mainly because we have all been though cancer treatment of some kind and therefore have a lot in common.”
“Active Recovery is not just about exercising; it also acts as a forum to share our experiences of having had cancer. The Active Recovery Programme has now become a way of life for me, which means that I want to attend regularly and as a result, I go out of my way to make sure I do.”
He explains the changes he’s seen since starting the programme:
“Apart from generally feeling better, my blood pressure has reduced and I don’t seem to have as many of those niggling aches and pains that are often associated with growing older.
“If you’re thinking of joining any of the activities run by DCCT, don’t think about it, just do it. You will not regret it – I haven’t.”
Active Recovery is a cancer exercise and rehabilitation programme which works with anyone who has been recovering from or living with cancer within the last five years.
It is a free 12 month programme to anyone from Derby or Derbyshire.
To find out more about the programme, click here.