Topic: SASS – Benefits of Exercise and Movement
Date & Time: 26th January 2022 at 19:00 Johannesburg
Please join our Virtual Support group meeting when we welcome Sarah Russell as she speaks to us about the benefits of Exercise and Movement for us Ostomates.
Sarah is a clinical exercise specialist, certified clinical Pilates instructor (APPI trained) and cancer rehabilitation instructor.
She has 25 years’ experience in teaching exercise and fitness and holds a masters’ degree in sport & exercise science. She runs a private oncology exercise practice (www.sarah-russell.co.uk) and is the author of The Bowel Cancer Recovery Toolkit.
Health has always been a priority for me and my family. I’ve worked in the fitness industry as a coach and trainer for 25 years and competed at an International level in both rowing and triathlon. I’ve always been a competitive marathon runner, enjoying the outdoors, mountain biking, trail running and hiking. And I work for ConvaTec as a Wellbeing Advocate.
So in 2010, it was a huge shock when I needed emergency ileostomy surgery to treat life-threatening peritonitis. Even worse, the surgery didn’t go as planned, and I underwent five more operations over the next two years to treat various complications. I actually had reversal surgery but it was unsuccessful. I literally begged my surgeon to put my stoma back. Today, I have my ileostomy back, along with my quality of life. I’m healthy, fit, happy, able to eat normally and can run up mountains again.
In 2014, I became the first person with an ileostomy to run the Himalayan 100 – a five-day, hundred-mile stage race at altitude in the Indian Himalaya. And it was breathtaking. I got to witness the stunning sight of Mt. Everest at dawn, with the first glimmers of light shining on the world’s highest peak. And when I came home, I felt invincible. I thought, “If I can do that and survive, then I can do anything.” It was incredibly empowering to prove to myself that having a stoma really doesn’t have to limit your life in any way.
Please do take a moment to register for our virtual meeting taking place on 26th January 2022 at 19:00 Johannesburg