I remember so clearly seeing an advert on TV that 1 in 2 people will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. Little did I know that few weeks later my partner Malcolm, my best friend, love of my life and dad to our beautiful son, would be diagnosed with stage 3 bowel cancer. I’ll never forget the moment he told me back in October 2016! We were both crying, frightened and in shock! Malcolm went through rounds of chemotherapy, radiotherapy and two major life saving operations.
During Malcolm’s treatment I felt so helpless at times! Trying to stay strong and ‘keeping it together’ started to have an affect on my mental health, so I downloaded an app called Couch to 5K (thanks to my lovely friend Hannah) and started running in January 2018, just over a year after Malcolm was diagnosed. Running within nature on the South Downs really helped me, and slowly my stamina built up (I could barely run 5 minutes to start with).
Running also helped and felt immensely comforting when I lost my dear dad in spring 2018 and a close family friend in autumn 2018, both fighting bravely a long battle with cancer, which they sadly lost. So this run is in memory of Harald and Gudrun, two very special people in my life.
I’m running for Malcolm, who is one in a million and a huge inspiration. He has been our hero, staying positive throughout the whole of his treatment. Two and a half years on thankfully he is now in remission and we’re looking forward to a summer of adventures.
I’m also running for Janice, a friend who has been diagnosed with breast cancer just before Christmas last year. I’m sending her lots of love, strength and huge hugs!
My run will be emotional but I’m also going to have a smile on my face! Please sponsor me and send me a name in your comments of a person you would like me to run for (I’m going to add their first name and first letter of surname to my t-shirt). I really hope it’s going to be covered in names!
So here’s to 10K to raise money and save lives!!! Dorte xxx