Healthy living after cancer: Linnet’s story

Thursday 18 August, 2016 Healthy living after cancer Linnet

"Being part of the Healthy Living after Cancer Program was a huge part of my return to feeling well. After months of cancer treatment, no exercise and a diet largely based on crumpets, muffins, potatoes, pasta and toast, I was 10kg heavier and felt lethargic. I knew I had to start being active again and would feel better when I did, but it was so hard to start.

Phone calls from the nurse who coached me made an incredible difference. It kept me on track and I went from not being able to walk to the front gate to 6 months later, joining a bushwalking club and walking 12km - slowly but still. My energy levels boosted and I was able to start back at work and do so much more with my family and friends.

One thing I especially loved about the program was how easy it was to participate, even though I live outside the city. It's all done over the phone and you only need the workbook. I feel like a new woman and highly recommend the program as a gentle way to start looking after yourself."

Healthy Living after Cancer is a free health coaching program for people who have finished cancer treatment. Support is provided over the phone and participants receive up to 12 calls over 6 months from a Cancer Council nurse who specialises in healthy living after cancer. Our nurses help motivate participants to achieve their healthy lifestyle goals by offering encouragement, support and helpful tips.

Register your interest or find out more about the Healthy Living after Cancer program.


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Updated: 18 Aug, 2016