Balance is my Biggest Challenge, because of the Effect of the Cancer Surgery on my Brain & Eyesight

I am a 68 year old Holistic Nurse, Mother, & Grandmother.  In April of 2005 my life changed as I was diagnosed with brain cancer, called Glioblastoma.

I was given a year to live, but it wasn’t my time to die. So, I had surgery, chemo and radiation, side effects and problems. When I first came home from rehab, my friend pushed me in a wheelchair. Sometimes I walked behind it, pushing it. I advanced to a wheeled walker.

One day, one of my daughters took me for a “walk” in an outdoor area. She had the idea of using regular ski Poles so I could get through the rough terrain. I continued to use the ski Poles and a special cane.

Then we found the Keenfit Walking Poles online. What a great thing! I could walk on hard surfaces without slipping. You see, balance is my biggest challenge. Because of the effect of the surgery on my brain and eyesight, if I look suddenly up, or to one side, I will lurch and lose my balance – but no more. As long as I have my Walking Poles, I am able to ‘catch myself’ before I’m in danger of falling.

I understand that as I build my core strength, my balance will improve. So, every day, I walk with my Poles. I’m able to go out independently and am safe. I live in the city of Royal Oak, MI which is a great walking community.

When I walk to the post office, library, drug store etc. it works best to wear a backpack so I can use both arms for my walking poles. I’ve started traveling to teach (healing) again, so when I fly, I just telescope the Walking Poles & put them in my suitcase.

The airport is good about riding me in a wheelchair and I carry a cane for short requirements. I contacted Keenfit, suggesting that they promote their products to rehab establishments, or whereever. I think my balance is improving…maybe because my body is used to walking better.

It’s been more than three years since my original surgery and diagnosis….and I’m doing great. I believe the cancer is behind me but the balance problem is still with me. For me, prayer and healing were the keys to my recovery along with my attitude. Just don’t believe everything the doctors say. I believe I will continue to be well. Only the good die young, and I’m way past that. So, I guess I’ll just keep on walking.

Kathy – age 68
Royal OakMichigan – US