In May 2015 I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Although an operation removed one tumour the
other was inoperable so I was put on a course of chemotherapy.
After a short period of time I had lost weight, became very weak and tired, I was not eating
properly (everything tasted like cardboard). Then my last stay in hospital in the middle of September,
where I was not allowed to get out of bed, by the time I left I couldn't stand let alone get around unaided.
It was hard watching my husband trying to cope with the daily chores, let alone looking after me, as I couldn't
help him. I was sleeping most of the day and night, and felt I was wasting away, this was no life at all, and
it was barely an existence. I needed to do something . . . . and soon.
As a past member of Sophia's Wellness Centre in Arboleas, I decided to go and see them to find out if there
was anything they could do to help me improve my strength. After talking to Michele in the toning tables, she
devised a training programme for me, starting off slowly with gentle exercise on the toning chairs (which do
most of the work for you, thank goodness), then gradually increasing the exercises over the weeks.
After the first couple of weeks I was feeling better in myself, mainly due to the fact that I was actually
doing something to improve my situation and knowing there were people here who were willing and able to help.
I was also amazed at the number of men and women with varying disabilities working to improve their health.
Each week I could see minor differences in their achievements, and they certainly could see mine.
In less than 2 months I have gone from wheelchair bound to a walking stick, albeit a bit wobbly at times. But
I would not have got this far without the help and support of my husband and Sophia's. I am now eating much
better, not fully mobile yet, but I know I will get there, it just takes time and determination, and of course,
the on-going help and support that I am currently receiving.
If you have any physical or mobility issues, then get yourself to Sophia's and talk to Michele to see what
they can do for you. What is the alternative?
Don't give up - get moving!
Kathy - Arboleas
. . . to Margaret and Delwyn Morris. After 29 years together they finally took the plunge on the
10th February 2016 in Gibraltar
Saturday 7th May - Walk For Life
Well we finally have confirmation of the date for this year's WALK FOR LIFE. Starting outside
Arboleas Town Hall a 6km or 3km walk to suit your capabilities.
Please put the 7th May in your diary, the sponsorship forms are in the process of being set up and
as soon as we have them we will let you know where you will be able to collect them from. If anyone
feels that they can help in any way at the event by manning water stations or acting as marshals we
would love to hear from you, we will be so grateful.
As ever we will need prizes for the raffle and any sponsorship to provide the bottles of water. As
soon as the Walk For Life Team has more information we will pass this on to everyone.
Further information: jabW4Life@yahoo.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Semi Permanent Make up by June - 11th April and 16th May. 25 euro discount for all new treatments in
April and May.
Tarot and Angel Card Reading by Karen - 19th April and 26th May.
Dr Juan for all your Botox, fillers or cosmetic consultations - 1st April.
Laser Hair Removal - 3rd May. A painless and very effective permanent hair removal treatment.
Prices are - ½ Leg 45.00 euros, Bikini Line 30.00 euros, Chin 15.00 euros. You may require up
to 4 sessions which takes about 5 minutes per session and then no more waxing or shaving EVER.
Monthly at Sophia's with Karen. If you are affected by any of the following then why not have a chat
with Karen? Sadness and Grief, Trouble Sleeping, Phobias, Stress, Anxiety, Weight loss, stop smoking
and much more.
Wednesday and Fridays 9.30am - Why not come along and take advantage of our offer of two free classes.
This is a 60 minute class of high repetition, low weight exercise. This class
is excellent for building stamina and burning calories and is open to all fitness levels
Hard Core Cross Fit by Sam
5.10PM For a high intensity workout for 50 minutes. This class is great for those with a high fitness
We would like to wish Rocky and Mo the best of luck on their future move and thank them for all the laughs and
support they have shown us at Sophia's. Good Luck guys. x