‘His inner strength is an inspiration’: New Waterford guy credits healthier life-style, powerlifting for supporting in his combat towards most cancers | Regional-Sports | Athletics


Glen Hutchison has dedicated the the vast majority of his existence to living a healthy way of life.

It wasn’t uncommon to see the New Waterford native at the fitness center upwards of 4 situations a 7 days to not only continue to be in shape as a powerlifter, but also stay active as a lot as attainable.

Sadly, things transformed a bit in August 2019 when the now 63-calendar year-aged was identified with most cancers in his esophagus.

“I was obtaining a small little bit of problems swallowing — I have a hiatus hernia and I’ve usually experienced it and I thought that’s what was offering me the difficulties,” stated Hutchison.

“My two brothers died of very in close proximity to the similar matter I have, so I was acquiring scopes done just to hold an eye on it and that’s when they located the cancer.”

Later on, Hutchison gained much more unfortunate information. Immediately after a biopsy, physicians identified more than 30 most cancers spots on his liver and identified him with Stage 4 most cancers.

Powering via

Prior to understanding he experienced cancer, Hutchison experienced been an energetic powerlifter and competed in situations for much more than 40 years off and on at many stages.

“I was going into a powerlifting contest in New Brunswick in May well 2019 and the health professionals determine I had most cancers then,” claimed Hutchison.

“I was hoping to minimize a tiny little bit of excess weight for the contest to go into a lessen weight class. I lost the excess weight and I wasn’t imagining a lot of it, it came off rather quick, and that’s the purpose for it but I didn’t know.”

In November 2019, Hutchison had his 1st chemotherapy treatment method and remained out of the health club.

As matters little by little began to make improvements to, Hutchison had a setback that pressured him to go to the crisis space in February.

“My upper body was definitely sore and I did not know what it was,” reported Hutchison. “Luckily, I ran into a health care provider who knew what he was chatting about and all it was muscle mass spasms in my esophagus — it was like a motor vehicle sitting down on my chest.

“It was a rough level, but I observed the doctor and he gave me some medicine and it fixed me appropriate up.”

Back to the gym

Glen Hutchison at the Cape Breton Open powerlifting championship in 2011. Hutchison credits his 45-year powerlifting career to his current success in battling cancer. - Contributed
Glen Hutchison at the Cape Breton Open powerlifting championship in 2011. Hutchison credits his 45-year powerlifting career to his recent achievements in battling cancer. – Contributed

As the thirty day period went on, Hutchison began to sense superior and made the selection to bit by bit return to the health and fitness center whilst currently being cautious since of his cure.

“I began selecting at the gymnasium and I kept selecting at it and the far more I picked at it the far better I felt,” stated Hutchison. “I started out ingesting very good once again and the chemo was encouraging.”

Due to the fact returning to the gym, Hutchison has had four CT scans.

“Everyone has been superior than the previous one particular,” stated Hutchison. “I was capable to set it all into just one pot, and with the aid of a few prayers, below I am now.”

With the motivation to in no way give up, Hutchison credits likely back again to the fitness center and being solid for in which he is now in his battle with cancer.

“Talking to a number of men and women who are included in the well being job, what I’m doing with this is replenishing my cells — acquiring concerned in workout replenishes cells and helps make the negative cells go absent, you require to have the very good ones to struggle this issue.”

A life span of lifting


“The chemo will help each and every 12 days, but if I did not continue to be solid above the previous 40-in addition many years, it would have undoubtedly kicked me a ton more durable than what it is.”


Glen Hutchison


Hutchison to start with started lifting weights as a teenager with a close friend in his father’s musky basement. He was later on launched to Harry Corbett and started training in Corbett’s barn.

“I did not definitely know substantially about powerlifting at the time,” explained Hutchison, who very first joined the Canadian Powerlifting Union in 1977.

“My father was nicely built — he wasn’t a huge person, but he had a fantastic physique and I experienced usually been type of amazed with the physique.

“I was confused when I saw how a great deal some of the guys could elevate and that’s when I resolved to leap in with each feet.”

For the duration of his time functioning with Corbett, he was taught powerlifting as perfectly as Olympic lifting. He would inevitably do each for many years.

While he needed to carry as substantially as he could, Hutchison admits the wellbeing facet of the health and fitness center has often been the driving power guiding his drive to proceed lifting.

“If it was not for Harry, I would not be here. Mainly because of that I’m sitting down listed here conversing to you,” claimed Hutchison. “The chemo assists just about every 12 times, but if I did not stay sturdy over the past 40-additionally years, it would have absolutely kicked me a ton more durable than what it is.

“Not just mainly because I was sick, the fitness center was often the place for me to go and I could do my thing. The physical and power aspect of it was secondary, the psychological facet of it is key.”

‘Don’t give up’

When he was 1st identified, physicians instructed Hutchison he may not be able to achieve weight and may possibly have to be on a liquid diet program. At the time, he weighed 150 lbs. Nowadays, he’s 170 lbs ..

“I’m the type of fella that when (the doctor) informed me I would not be equipped to put on any bodyweight, I didn’t want him to convey to me what I could not do,” laughed Hutchison. “I set my nose to the grinder and I knew I’d get it done.”

Robert White has been a mate of Hutchison’s for numerous yrs. He stated Hutchison’s bodily health and fitness early in life has experienced an impact.

“All people several years of searching right after himself physically and mentally have certainly presented him an edge,” reported White. “His inner toughness is an inspiration to those around him.”


“When I feel great, I transfer. When I really do not truly feel excellent, I never shift. It’s a activity is what it is, and you have to participate in the recreation if you want to survive.”


Glen Hutchison


Hutchison understands it is not easy for anyone to continue being energetic when going by means of health care remedy.

“The greatest detail I can notify persons is you have to keep transferring,” stated Hutchison.

“I know it’s really hard, all people is unique. I was fortunate that I did have so a lot of a long time under my belt that retained me robust to deal with what I’m handling.

“If we can get the young persons in their 30s and 40s to start knowing now is the time you need to have to begin getting care of by yourself because we all know these matters don’t perform favourites.”

Hutchison mentioned there are lots of diverse issues individuals can do to be energetic in their residences with no acquiring to go to a health and fitness center.

“Get up and go all around your residence — don’t give up,” he mentioned. “Sit down in your chair and stand up and do that 10 periods. If you can only do it the moment, do it, and then tomorrow try to do it two times.”

Hutchison, who does not consider himself an inspiration to other people, does not know how numerous additional chemo therapies he’ll will need, but does not intend to prevent finding physical exercise when he can.

“When I feel fantastic, I transfer,” he claimed. “When I really don’t experience very good, I don’t move. It is a recreation is what it is, and you have to engage in the game if you want to survive.”

Jeremy Fraser is the athletics reporter for the Cape Breton Write-up. He is been with the publication for 4 years. Stick to Jeremy on Twitter @CBPost_Jeremy.