Joggers Journey - Judith Kippax
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Charity running for: Breast Cancer Now
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This past December I not only got married but lost my father-in-law the day after to lung cancer.
Though I've ran the London marathon several times, fundraising for charities with meaningful connections to my husband and family, this time I am running for a charity very meaningful to me. I had breast cancer 29 years ago, age 29, and after surgery chemotherapy and radiotherapy I got on with life.
Roll on many years and having joined a running club I was lucky to get their London Marathon place in 2013. I ran for Fight for Sight as my husband had a damaged optic nerve from a childhood accident.
In early 2015 I had another new breast cancer with surgery & radiotherapy and again got on with life. I had a GFA London place, and I fundraised for CRUK for all cancers.
Since then, I've ran it for two charities meaningful to my mother who died in 2018. Versus Arthritis and Contact (a family).Then in 2021, I had my third primary breast cancer and this time it meant a mastectomy.
I had Chemotherapy again and at age 58 it has knocked me for six. Advances in medicine is all well and good but they really have come up with some seriously strong stuff! Plus, I am now on daily medication which could make me stiffen up and/or cause muscle/joint pain.
I know I have lost muscle strength through chemo, so I need to work at cross training and not just run. I have used gyms for nearly 40 years and know that swimming and yoga are also very beneficial.
Breast Cancer Now have provided wonderful support to me both in 2015 and currently. I am very pleased to have been given one of their London places so I can fundraise to support them as they have supported me.