The bike the brain tumour and me

The bike is a community

I know I can go on a bit, but with Bike Week 2022 coming up 6-12 of June, I thought I’d hit down a few reasons why the bike has been as much a part of my treatment as all the meds

Just a quick note on how I got here. I’d been out for a peddle during the first lockdown. I’d used to be a runner but arthritis in the knees moved me to the bike about 10 years ago. I’d done about 40k, got home my wife and the children were out walking the dog . I started getting tea ready, only to wake up in a pool of blood with the family knocking on the door.

I thought I had just passed out due to overdoing it. Thankfully my wife insisted I went into hospital, but they’re busy with covid. To cut a long story short. Several scans later suspect glioblastoma. Like many of you, Surgery, 30 days of radiotherapy 15 months of chemotherapy

It’s a look

Unable to drive and with a short prognosis for a GBM 4 I retired from work, moved to Bollington cycling country, one of my main aims to get back on the bike and gain some independence back. My op was in June

I listened to my oncologist and She was happy for me to get back on about September, but not on my own. That was an issue as I’d moved so I needed some new cycle mates

So as I have some often since this landed I turned to local social media, anyone fancy taking a man with a brain tumour and epilepsy out for a paddle. To my surprise 2 shouted yes. On top of which a long term friend , started pedalling and he lived locally .

Weather not an issue

I’d spent most of my working life in a car. So not being able to drive anymore because of my epilepsy. I needed the bike to feel independent and so I started rising again with new people and occasionally with me old friends from Manchester

Me in the middle on my 50th I’d cycled in from Bollington

So I’d got a bit of independence back but now I needed a target. One of the side affects of radiotherapy is rarely brittle bones, so running was now out. The bike that I loved was a whole to take the weight of my bones. I decided that the coast to coast was the way forward. From Whitehaven to Newcastle and we would do it for Brain Tumour Reseach

A team formed and it was a great mix of My son and his mates and three of my closest friends. Stu on the bike, Dave and Jim on support Vans

A chaotic start
On the trial
Top of England
The end

So my first aim after diagnosis and retirement had worked I’d had a great time with my Friends and Joe’s friends . The sense of achieving was great

Now every time I’m hospitalised after a fit, I have not just the aim to get better for the family, but I can get back on the bike and regain my independence

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So next week 5 months after my last fit I will ride a 100 miles on a tandem with my son Joe

I know it can be difficult to stir yourself out some times, but I’m also an active member of the move with cancer movement, it’s great for you physically but also mentally

Be it just be what you use to get to the shops. Feel the wind on your face and the freedom in your legs. I know I can be a bit of an evangelist, but give the bike or any movement a go

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