I’ve mentioned the emotional and psychological aspects of woodworking for me as I battle liver cancer, but let my share what I have noticed about the Physical Benefits. I was diagnosed two years ago and I have had surgery to remove part of my liver, RFA (radio frequency ablation) which burns out new tumors, and now I’m going onto Nexavar, which is an oral chemo therapy to slow down the growth of new tumors (nasty stuff). All this being said, I’m one pooped Papa! BEFORE
Before I started woodworking a few weeks ago I slept for four to five hours in the afternoon. I could hardly bend over to pick something up off the floor and I would fall quite easily and often from weakness in my legs. But now, in only two weeks, I feel a 100% better, have more energy, don’t take any naps, my blood pressure is down, my legs are getting stronger and I’m in much better physical shape to start the chemo and handle the side effects! Praise God! AFTER
The question is why? Have you ever had to go to a physical therapist? Two or three times a week with instructions to do specific exercises in between, that you didn’t do. Why? No motivation! Woodworking has motivated me to get off my rear end! I have a variety of physical activities, bending over since I drop stuff frequently, stretching to grab pieces of wood and tools, sweeping up saw dust and cleaning my work area, some sitting and a lot of standing, using my hand on tools and clamps (helps fight the arthritis), walking around the work bench and to and from the shop (may not sound like much to you, but it is for me) lifting lumber and a thousand other little movements and motions,every day and most all day long! No Physical Therapist could motivate me to do this! Why? Because I’m having fun and reaping the benefits!
I’m getting so motivated that yesterday I built a stand for my scroll saw. It’s not finished, but will be by this afternoon.
I also bought myself a present at Sears yesterday, an adjustable stool regularly $99 for $$49, good back support!
Well, I need to make some sawdust so let me close this entry with an encouragement for you to do something valuable!
Do you know anyone who is fighting cancer or any other disability? Invite them over to your shop and maybe they will get interested in woodworking and improve the quality of their life!
2 Corinthians 9:6 But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. ”
Sow a little of your time into another person’s life and you will reap more than you sow. That is what many of you have been doing for me! Bless you!”
-- I thank God for everything, especially all of you!