Exercise for Chemo Patients

Updated description 27 Jan 2019. 

With thanks to the generous donations we have managed to get a trial program set up at the St Vincents hospital to allow all chemo patients FREE access to a gym and trainers.   

Going forward if you would like to donate you can go here:  

Then choose the drop down "My donation is for"  to be "Chemo Exercise trial" .  

All Australian residents will get a tax receipt.  

with thanks we are closing this gofundme! 
Siobhan and Yaisa

It's happening on Friday 16 November!!!!

Updated description (added comment/info by Siobhan)

The epic things people do for their friends. The wonderful Yaisa Nio is shaving her hair off to support me and to help raise funds that we are putting towards establishing an exercise program for all chemo patients.

Chemo is shite but the training program that I did focused on activating my fight response - by lifting weights. 6 simple exercises (with 3 sets and 12 reps) done 3 times a week made all the difference to how I came out of and endured chemo.

Most chemo patients loose Muscle mass -> I maintained and gained!

I also walked 8900 steps on average a day through chemo and my V02 test at the end of chemo was borderline healthy for someone of my age.

But other than the physical benefits of exercise the biggest benefit for me was the mental benefits. Achieving something during chemo kept me sane.

Help me and Yaisa help other chemo patients. We want to get a trial of a medicare rebatable Exercise Physiologist at the Kinghorn Cancer Centre by June 2019.

All of this is with my Oncologist Dr Sara Whalroos and Prof Elgin Lim.

All funds will NOT go to research but will go to helping improve the truly fucked up experience that chemo is.

Cancer is expensive - but exercising during chemo can be as easy as a set of weights, an app subscription - we have that, and a trainer who has expertise to deal wth cancer patients.

Help make my reality everyone reality - fuck cancer - keep fit.

Old description (by Yaisa)

If you don't know Siobhan, let me tell you, she is the craziest, fastest thinking, wittiest, most adventurous, most loyal, most gorgeous, most charismatic, most broad-smiled and most snuffable woman you will ever meet. 

She is one of my best friends. And she has breast cancer.

On 29 May 2018, Siobhan voluntarily shaved her hair off in defiance of the feisty fucker. She was not going to give the chemotherapy the honour of taking away her hair.  And this is only one of many actions she will be taking over the next few months to stay ahead of the cancer. She is planning (and already executing) many things to carry herself through this ordeal with dignity, grace, humour, positivity and realism.

She is tough and she is going to beat this, with the help of her friends and family. Sadly, there is only so much I can do for her in terms of daily support, living 1.200 km away and spending most of the year even 4.500 km or more away from her. And since drinking G&T's and wine to drown our sorrows when we get together next is not an option anymore either, I have decided to do something else in an attempt to support Siobhan.

Firstly, I am going to shave my hair off as well, just like Siobhan. So that the next time we are together I don't look too weird next to her with all my hair. If she's going to go all Natalie Portman, Demi Moore and Sinéad O'Connor on me, I can't very let her blow everybody off their feet by herself, now can I?

Secondly, I am going to donate it to a wigmaker who will turn it into a wig for someone who lost their hair due to a medical condition. No, I'm not donating my hair to Siobhan, because frankly, it's a really hairy thought to imagine Siobhan with my black locks. 

Thirdly, and this is where you come in, I am going to raise lots of money with this. Every penny I raise (minus this platform's commission) will go to Siobhan. She can do whatever she wants with it: spend it on wig, scarfs, beanies, caps, hats, facials, spa treatments, the best organic food she can get, airfare tickets to visit friends and family, a cleaning lady, presents for Marcel, the Cancer Council, refugees or whatever she fancies spending it on. She will have to work less if not stop working completely for a while, so I thought we could collectively help out to make sure she has to worry a little less about her budget.

I will do all this in about six months time, some time in November 2018, because my hair needs to grow a few more centimeters to be donatable. As soon as my hair is long enough, I will set the date.

It will also give me more time to get used to the idea and mentally prepare for the big chop. A luxury that Siobhan never had. And perhaps with that timeframe, it will be possible for me to be in Sydney with Siobhan when it happens.

But more importantly, this also gives me plenty of time to squeeze more money out of your pockets and your friends pockets.

If you donate AUD 100 or more, I'll throw in a free yoga class - which you can claim in Sellicks Beach, in Amsterdam, in Bali or anywhere else in the world where we can manage to meet up in the next few years.

Please donate generously and share the news. For Siobhan.

Thank you ~ Dank ~ Merci ~ Grazie ~ Gracias ~ Danke ~ Shokran ~ Terimakasi

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Yaisa Nio 
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