The Doctors: Exercising When You’re Sick
Dr. Travis Stork talked about how exercise actually boosts your immune system on The Doctors TV show. Many people have a little case of the sniffles and decide that they can’t work out, and this could actually be a poor choice!
Exercise increases your white blood cells which gives you a better chance at fighting off infection. A temporary rise in body temperature from exercising can help kill off germs. A study showed that women who walked 30 minutes daily had half the number of colds of women who never exercised. Do you get a lot of colds? Maybe walking more would help you!
First Descents: Kayaking Camp for Cancer Survivors
Brad Ludden is the founder of First Descents kayaking camp, an organization that teaches young people ages 18-39 that have or have survived cancer how to kayak. Ludden said that young adults are often the forgotten demographic when it comes to cancer. When he started the organization, there were 250 programs for kids with cancer and zero for young adults.
Ludden said that they use the kayaking as a vehicle to create a community. He said there are so many metaphors between being diagnosed with cancer and facing a bunch of rapids in a river. No matter how bad the rapids are, they will get through it and there will be calm water at the end, similar to their cancer battles.
Dr. Travis Stork: First Descents Kayaking Review
Dr. Stork said that First Descents is one of the best ideas he’s ever seen. He headed to Montana to join the First Descents, and commented on how kayaks are not usually made for people 6’4’’ and above. Watch Dr. Stork’s kayaking experience below.
At the age of 31, Yamini was diagnosed with breast cancer. She had no family history, so her diagnosis was a complete shock. She decided to take on First Descents to help boost her confidence.
Dr. Stork invited Yamini and Ludden onto The Drs.to talk about their journey. Yamini said that seeing at video of her kayaking made her emotional because it reminded her of how strong, energizing and powerful the experience was for her. Getting together with 14 other people who had similar yet different experiences was powerful as well.
First Descents Boosts Confidence for People with Cancer
Yamini said that if you get a diagnosis of cancer at a young age, the important thing is to not let it limit you. She said she learned that she doesn’t have to stop living her life or challenging herself just because of her experience.
Dr. Stork showed a video of him talking to a camper, Amanda, who was getting mad at herself for not having enough confidence in the water. He gave her advice and reminded her that this was all about having fun. Yamini said that on the last day, Amanda was great in the water and tackled all the rapids.
Dr. Stork and the audience were treated to a huge surprise when Amanda walked out. She wanted to thank him for being there for her when she was panicking.