Firstly, last Saturday I finished an 8-month challenge, whereby I set myself the task of swimming the distance of the English Channel, 8 times in 8 months in a bid to raise funds for PC UK. That's 176 miles/283km in total. With around 20 of my friends and family supporting me, I swam my final 2km outside in the sunshine last Saturday and my darling Dad, who was my inspiration behind the challenge after his diagnosis and treatment last year, joined me in the pool to swim the last 200m together. The photo attached is my Dad and I in the pool together
I don't think I'm allowed to post my JustGiving link on here (but if you'd like it, please PM me) but I have managed to raise nearly £8,500 for PC UK, which I'm really proud of.
However, this week, it has become clear that my darling Dad has been feeling really low. We believe this is more than likely due to his long term hormone therapy, but I was just wondering if others have suffered this as well and if they found anything to help? I've bought him a book which explains the side effects of ADT and how to cope, but sometimes, real experiences are better to hear. Dad has always been a very positive, upbeat individual (and aside from PC, has always been fit and healthy). I've encouraged him to start swimming regularly again (his whole working life was as a National swimming instructor) as that will help with his natural endorphins (outside of this, he is one of the most active near 80 years olds I know) and we've obviously encouraged to keep talking to us. He spoke with a PC UK volunteer on the phone yesterday but I'm not sure how valuable he found the experience. I'm wondering if we should take him to the GP and if we should consider medication to help with his depression?
Anyway, would welcome your thoughts. Thank you in advance and wishing you all well on your journeys.