Emily’s mum was diagnosed with breast cancer in August of 2013. Fortunately she discovered the lump in the very early stages and following a lumpectomy, chemotherapy and radiotherapy, she was given the all clear in May of last year.
Mum has taken everything in her stride and is one of the strongest, bravest people I know. For this reason I decided to set myself the challenge to run the Virgin Money London Marathon this year, which will be my first marathon, in her honour.
If Mum can endure chemotherapy, radiotherapy, losing her hair and come out smiling, I can put on my shoes, get up for early morning training sessions, put the hard work in and run 26.2 miles. If Mum can endure chemotherapy, radiotherapy, losing her hair and come out smiling, I can put on my shoes, get up for early morning training sessions, put the hard work in and run 26.2 miles.
When Breast Cancer Campaign told me I had a spot to run for them I was ecstatic. Not only would I get the opportunity to run one of the greatest marathons in the world, I would be running for a charity very close to my heart. Through this journey I feel privileged that I am part of their team and can support their brilliant work. I believe that together one day we will beat breast cancer, and remove the pain and devastation that this disease causes from so many lives.
I couldn’t have got to where I am today without the support of my friends, family and colleagues from all across the world. I reached out with my story and they have not disappointed. Their generosity has absolutely blown me away, as they have been unbelievable in not only supporting the charity, but also in supporting me through my training. They have been there through the ups and downs with the 'I’m proud of you' motivation when I have needed it the most.
From running through snow, rain and wind, to rising before the sun and juggling training with long work hours, it’s safe to say the training has been challenging. There have been moments on my long runs when I didn’t think I could physically push my body any further and when my legs didn’t want to take another step. But all it took was thinking back to why I embarked on all of this in the first place, that I was running for Mum and every other woman who has or had breast cancer, which helped to keep me going and push on through.
I am counting down the days until Sunday with a mix of nervousness and excitement. I’m really looking forward to having my friends and family lining the course, and I am so grateful that Mum will be among them. She inspires me to be a better person and I’m very proud to be running this race in her honour. As they say, “There will be days when I don’t know if I can run a marathon. There will be a lifetime knowing that I have."
With just three more sleeps until the big day, we can't wait to cheer on all of our team this Sunday. Thanks to Emily and all of her supporters for showing their support for our research.
And we still have more marathon blogs to come this week!
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