Cancer patients testing endurance on cycling tour around Taiwan

Kaohsiung-Around 10 Taiwan and Hong Kong cancer patients, who are cycling around Taiwan, said Thursday the goal is to test the limits of their physical capabilities.

On the fourth day of their cycling tour, the patients were in Kaohsiung, heading toward Eluanbi on Taiwan's southern tip, after a vigorous warmup.

Since they set off from Taipei on Sunday, they have been riding eight hours a day, pushing themselves to test their endurance and overcome their physical limitations, they said.

"If I am not strong enough, nobody will give me the endurance" to stand up and fight, said Huang Chun-hung (???), 42, who was diagnosed with stage-4 nasopharyngeal carcinoma four years ago.

Since the diagnosis, Huang said, he has had to make major lifestyle changes, which included quitting his job so he could undergo regular long-term medical treatment.

However, the therapy not only caused physical weakness and loss of appetite but also made him despondent, he said.

As part of his long battle with cancer, Huang said, he has been engaged in exercise, including cycling, to improve his physical strength.

Cycling has helped with his problems such as insomnia and has built his physical strength, said Huang, who organized the round-the-island tour.

In addition, he said, he has been sharing his experience on social media and encouraging other cancer patients to go cycling around Taiwan to prove that cancer does not have to impede one's enjoyment of life.

Chan Ting-wai (???) a 31-year-old sports enthusiast from Hong Kong, said he went into depression after he was diagnosed with stage-2 lymphoma two years ago and had to undergo 30 sessions of radiation therapy and chemotherapy.

By sharing his feelings, however, his hopes and passion for life have been reignited, he said.

Chang said that since he started cycling as part of his exercise routine, he has grown robust and healthy and would encourage other cancer patients to explore the outdoors and enjoy life.

The 12 cancer patients embarked on the cycling tour around Taiwan on Oct. 20 from Taipei, aiming to ride 1,200-kilometers and finish in southern Taiwan on Oct. 29.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel