Your Story By Angela Halfpenny VIC
This is my running story
- A few years ago I started running because I wanted to loose a few kilos.
- At the start running was dreadful.
- I hated getting sweaty and feeling short of breath but I pushed on.
- Slowly it did get a little easier and I did loose a few kilos.
My first Event
- My first running event was 4km in the Melbourne Mother’s Day Classic.
- My Husband and our 2 boys cheered me on at the finish line.
- The boys didn’t understand why Mummy needed to wear Daddy’s jumper when I looked so hot.
- Little did they know I’d wet my pants!
- It was awful!
- Over the next couple of years I did a few 5km events and regularly attended local parkruns, but I was always slow, breathless, had groin and hip pains and I got Glandular Fever.
- In mid 2016 I found a lump under my arm.
- I was diagnosed with Stage 4 Non-Hodgkins Follicular Lymphoma.
- It’s a slow growing cancer in the lymph nodes.
- The Doctor said I must have had it for years.
- I took a break from running and had Chemotherapy.
- It was a tough time, I had a few complications but the worst part was the fatigue.
- 12 months later I found out I was cancer free!!
- I started going to personal training and running again. I found the exercise really helped with my energy levels.
- Samantha Bond invited me to like the Running Divas Facebook Page.
- I loved seeing all the Divas’ dedication and seeing them smashing their goals.
- What an inspirational bunch of women!
- Since turning 40 earlier this year the constant fatigue has been replaced with a real enthusiasm for life, so I joined Running Divas and have been working towards my 10km goal.
I am loving running. (and loving that my bladder weakness is improving!)
I love that I can leave the house feeling stressed, tired or full of self doubt and when I get home I feel like anything is possible.
I love being a good role model for my boys and want them to see me as a Mum that is strong and never gives up.
For me running is a gift, it makes me feel strong, healthy and alive.
I can’t wait to run the 10km at the Traralgon Marathon on 3rd June.
Thanks Erica, hopefully I can join you for a run one day.