This July I am joining the Race for Life, and the race to stop Cancer for many reasons. I was aware of Cancers cruel nature from a young age, when one of my best friends lost her battle with Leukaemia aged 7. It didn’t make sense, how could it be so heartless?
Like many of us, it continued to impact family and friends throughout life, and even though lots of people assume it’s mostly older people that get it, it hit back with a devastating blow, to reinforce that being young, fit and healthy is no barrier for cancer.
In December, my lovely sister was admitted to hospital with what we all thought was contractions, whilst 7months pregnant with her first child. What should have been a happy and exciting time, soon became a living nightmare, when she was unexpectedly diagnosed with Bowel Cancer. I cannot begin to explain what she has endured during the months she has spent in hospital, with endless procedures, scans, complications, setbacks, unbearable pain and major operations, not to mention dealing with all of this, whilst trying to look after a 2month premature baby. She is currently at the end of her first round of chemotherapy after having the tumour removed in January, with her third operation to come where it has spread to the Liver, before another round of Chemo.
It’s been so gruelling physically and mentally for her, but we are forever grateful for the all the doctors, nurses, treatments and drugs that continue to help save her life, and make sure she can continue being an unbelievable Mummy to little baby Herbie. Despite going through the worst time possible, I have never been more proud.
Cancer has an unrivalled ability to make you feel helpless, but Race for Life is one reminder that we can do something to fight back, by raising money to keep funding life saving treatment, and eventually kick Cancers butt. So I will be running for my sister, my best friend, my Aunt and Uncle, my friends parents, family friends, friends of friends and everyone who has been affected by cancer, in the hope that Cancer will not have such a crippling impact on future generations.
It will be an achievement if I even make it to 10k with my running abilities, so even though I won’t be making any impressive records, any amount you can sponsor will be a real motivation to get me to the finish line, and will be helping CRUK continue to find groundbreaking treatments to help beat Cancer, and save lives. THANK YOU :)