This March Louie and I are completing 10,000 steps a day (each!) to raise money for a charity that has become very close to our hearts (even more so over the past 7 months).
As some of you may know, someone special and close to us was diagnosed with lymphoma in September 2018. Being the modest person , they didn’t want the fuss or for their story to be told. However here are just a few facts about the cancer that has rocked their world over the past few months:
· Lymphoma is the fifth most common type of cancer in the UK;
· It can impact someone at any age;
· There are over 60 types of lymphoma;
· Lymphoma occurs when lymphocytes (white blood cells that help to fight infection) become out of control;
· It can start almost anywhere in the body;
· Most of the symptoms of lymphoma can also be symptoms of many other illnesses, these are often mild illnesses and as such can be difficult to diagnose.
This special someone has been amazing throughout the entire treatment process, you should know that their positive attitude and outlook on life has helped them fight through the chemotherapy, taking one day at a time.
I would be being dishonest if I said the whole treatment process has been easy, as family/friends we’ve had highs and lows but we’ve done our best and at the end of a day, we’ve rallied together and are as stronger as ever.
It gives me an enormous amount of pleasure to confirm that this special someone is absolutely fine. After a final round of radiotherapy they’ll be sticking their fingers up and saying bye bye cancer! Something I am sure you will appreciate, we all are on countdown for.
Walk all over cancer is a fundraising activity of Cancer Research UK and myself and Louie decided to take part to raise money. With less than 2 weeks to go, it is with great pride that I can say we have kept up the 10,000 every single day.
It hasn’t been easy, particularly on days when I have forgotten my fitbit, resulting in a further 10,000 steps once getting home just to have something on record to prove that we have done it! My legs have got stiff, my muscles have ached and I long for a day when I don’t have to run around the house just to get my steps up. As for Louie… as I am sure you will expect, he has loved every minute.
The money raised will be split between two amazing causes:
1. Cancer Research – to support this amazing charity that saves so many lives every single day
2. The amazing person who has conquered this with such dignity
It fills me with great pride to be in this person’s life they have been a complete inspiration throughout their treatment. What surprised me was the amount of people who when finding out about the cancer had also been through something similar, or knew someone who had been through something similar. Their stories were inspirational and gave hope. I hope that by sharing this story it may give someone else hope who is going through this fight or is supporting someone fighting cancer.
Any amount, big or small will make such a difference, thank you for your support.