Based on the ideas of the impact of architecture on healing and health, the Danish Cancer Society has built buildings of a new kind, called Life Spaces. Our research takes place in one of these houses. In one room, designed as a multifunctional room, cancer patients are invited to do various kinds of physical activities on their own. Several studies have found that physical training programs have a positive impact on cancer patients, in the form of, e.g., well-being, physical capacity, decreased side effects, mental resources, and self-confidence. The aim of this study is to describe what characterizes cancer patients’ lived experiences of participating in self-guided physical training. Based on six narrative interviews and, to a minor extent, participant observation and informal conversations, we distinguish three themes, which emerge from the phenomenological analysis: Fitness training, including varied descriptions of exercises; more than illness, recognizing illness as a common experience that does not need to be constantly articulated; and fellowship, exposing the sense of being part of a group of people who take care of each other. The themes are discussed in the light of Medard Boss’ conception of existential traits.

Keywords: cancer patients, life spaces, lived experiences, narrative approach, phenomenological research, self-guided physical training, unfolding life