We do step ups at fitness on a large
foot stool style miniature bench
higher than my doorstep.
I was achieving step ups both
forwards and sideways without
heaving myself up or flapping my
elbows as if I was on a swing.
Then a doctor removed a skin cancer
from deep inside my ankle. No jumping
or hopping on it for now he said,
let the flesh mend itself a while.
So I exercised fully without jumping
or hopping or pounding on that foot.
Three months later I am sure it has
had time for healing to be well done.
So I am jumping, hopping, pounding
on both legs, doing step ups on
that big high foot stool.
To my horror my legs find it very
difficult, will not spring up as
they used to. I push up with
weakened legs, arms flapping,
a very thorough work out.
For now I do step ups on my back
door step each day, hoping to
regain my legs’ former strength.
All because I had a skin cancer removed.