It’s now only 5 weeks to go until Cancer Research – race for life. When I first signed up it all seemed ages away. I actually can’t believe we are now so close.
Why I signed up for race for life?
Well ever since I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in January 2014 I knew I wanted to give something back to the charities that helped save my life and cancer research is one of them. If it wasn’t for the research they have done and are continually doing I wouldn’t be here today. A charity which saves so many lives everyday, but needs vital funding to find better treatments and to cure more people.
I’ll be running / jogging to challenge myself, for all the amazing people I have met through my own journey especially my #Lymphomies and in memory of friends who have been lost to this horrible disease. Cancer taught me a lot of things which I am thankful for but I find it so important to give something back and running race for life is one of those ways.
I know 5k doesn’t seem like much to some people but for me I know it’s going to be a real challenge. I finished treatment in April last year and spent the rest of the year recovering mainly from my stem cell transplant.
I started training in January this year but I’m still seriously unfit, to me a 5k may as well be a marathon. My aim for race for life is 40 minutes and I am hoping to reach that, my training has been going really well except a couple of weeks back I pushed myself a little too much and I think I must have pulled some sort of muscle in both my ankle’s. So for a couple of weeks I’ve only been able to fast walk and a little jog which is annoying for me as I’d been doing so well and I felt like I was going backwards BUT on Monday this week I started running again and it felt so good.
My progress has been quite slow but I expected that as my body isn’t what it used to be and it’s been weakened by all the chemo. One of the drugs I had during my ABVD chemo causes a LOT of lung damage but I’ve just got to keep pushing and hopefully it will improve with time. When I do go to the gym, that’s normally twice a week on a Monday and a Friday, although I’m hoping to start going 3 times a week soon.
I usually start off training on the rowing machine for 10-15 minutes then the treadmill for 30 minutes then I’ll move onto the bike for 15 minutes. I try to do as much as I can but on some days I’ll see how far I have come and run/jog a 5k. On the 15th January (4th session) I did a 5k in 49 minutes, on the 8th February (10th session) I did a 5k in 47 minutes then on the 7th March (17th session) I did a 5k in 44 minutes. I’ve now got 5 weeks to get to my target time which I WILL get to! I am one of those people that once I set my mind on something I’m very determined to do it.
Cancer Research provides a lot of support for cancer patients, there vision is to bring forward the day when all cancer’s are cured. Obviously this is a wish we all want! In the 1970’s less than a quarter of people with cancer survived, but over the last 40 years survival has doubled and today half will survive which is amazing. The money you donate goes towards something as small as a lab timer or something as big as a water bath used to monitor experiment temperatures to ensure results are accurate.
Me and my team have raised £523.77 with just online donations so far which I’m so happy about. I would love for you to donate if you are able to, it doesn’t have to be a lot – I am grateful for any donation.
The link to donate is below:
You can also donate via text: YOXB63 & your donation amount (£1, £2, £3, £4, £5, £10) to 70070. Thank you to everyone who has already sponsored not only me but my team!