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News Post-COVID


walking test PEOPLE who are recovering from COVID-19 are being offered a new walking test as part of their rehabilitation. Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust has introduced the “incremental shuttle” format, normally used for patients with chronic


heart problems, but


which is now proving successful in treating Coronavirus patients. The test measures a patient’s fit-


ness and ability, particularly in breathing and breathlessness, al- lowing physiotherapists to pre- scribe specific exercise plans tailored to individuals.


Balloon race


BEARSTED Primary School PTA is holding a virtual balloon race to raise money for the school. The event will take place on Au- gust 8 and balloons are £3 each. Proceeds will go towards play equipment and “buddy benches” for the playground. There will be cash prizes to be won. Go to eco- racing.co./user/page/1796.


downsmail.co.uk


MP: Cancer changed my life for the better


MP Tracey Crouch has reflected on her cancer fight over the past year. The member for Chatham and


Aylesford, who revealed last June that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer, was treated by the Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust (MTW). Miss Crouch, pictured, said her diagnosis had come as a surprise but the cancer had been caught early. The mum of one son, Fred- die, said the devastating news had changed her life for the better. On June 14, she wrote on Face- book: “A year ago today, I found a lump in my breast. What followed was a whirlwind of operations, chemotherapy and radiotherapy under the brilliant guidance and care of Maidstone Hospital. “A cancer diagnosis has changed my life, but much for the better. Since treatment finished I've changed my diet, reduced alcohol


intake and upped my exercise. “On my ‘lumpiversary’ I want to urge people to check their bits and bobbins. If you have any symp- toms that may indicate cancer, please talk to your GP.” Miss Crouch finished her last ra- diotherapy treatment in February. The former sports minister said:


“The support of family, friends, colleagues, constituents and even strangers has been amazing. “I've learnt to embrace all that is good, stop stressing about things out of my control, prioritise those I love and be thankful for every day I get to stride purposefully through the streets of life.”


p20


10th & 11th July 2021 The Kent County


Summer Fayre Book your tickets now


(Pre-Booked Tickets Only) Purchase online at


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