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In July 2013 I underwent a preventative double mastectomy due to the fact that I have the BRCA2 gene. In order to reconstruct my breasts I had tissue and fat taken from the top of both my legs and it was used to 'build' my new breasts.... Less than a year later I will be running 26.2 miles.

I ran the marathon in 2012 and my aim has always been to run a pre and post surgery marathon but I never envisaged I would be running it within 9 months of my surgery.

My journey to recovery has not been smooth and I suffered complications. In the space of 6 weeks I underwent three surgeries and spent a total of two weeks in hospital but I'M BACK and determined to prove I'm stronger than ever and being BRCA2 will not get the better of me. To give you an idea of the magnitude of my surgery my mastectomy operation lasted 8 hours and I have a 12 inch scar on each leg. My original bruising ran from my shoulders to my knees.

I ran the marathon in 2012 to help me get fit for my impending surgery. However, following my double mastectomy I felt like I would never run again. I struggled to sit in a chair, to walk and running a marathon seemed impossible but as I embark on my training again I want to show the world anything is possible.

Running doesn't come naturally to me, far from it. The thought of a long run makes me want to cry and the thought of doing the marathon again and the training it entails fills me with fear but I feel like it would be the ultimate comeback and will hopefully show other women with breast cancer or having preventative surgery that pain is termporary and your body will get stronger. 

For details of my marathon plight and for a more detailed look at my life with BRCA2 please look at my blog where you will find details on how my training is going and how I felt pre and post surgery. There is also a special account of my time in hospital.

www.breastcancercampaign.org/charlottesblog

Please give generously to my cause as my aim, by raising money is to stop my daughter having to have this same surgery. If you are interested in holding a fundraising event for me please email me at charlottepittuck@hotmail.com

 

Updates 1

I have updated my fundraising total to a precise amount...£3408.05. When I hit my total it will mean that between my two marathons I will have raised £15000 for Breast Cancer Campaign so a big THANK YOU to everyone who has sponsored.

18/03/14 11:06

Raising money for

Breast Cancer Campaign

Breast Cancer Campaign

Charity Registration No. 299758

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Donations 158

Well done Charlotte, great achievement x

Donation by Jacqueline Cooper on 16/04/14

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Congratulations Charlotte - you are an inspiration.

Donation by Ellie McBarnet on 15/04/14

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Well Done Charlotte you now broke £5k

Donation by all @SB Wholesale on 15/04/14

£60.00

Well done Charlotte. Simply amazeballs chic. So proud xx

Donation by Lots of love Angela & Co on 15/04/14

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Christine and Ken Diddams

Donation by Anonymous on 14/04/14

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Well done Charlotte xx

Donation by Katie Allen on 14/04/14

£5.00

+ £1.25 Gift Aid

Well done Charlotte! X

Donation by Manie and Rentia on 14/04/14

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Truly inspirational how you've raised so much money for such a good course! A great time too!

Donation by Ben, Hayley, India and Sofia on 14/04/14

£25.00

+ £6.25 Gift Aid

Donation by Bernie Ryan on 14/04/14

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Bloody well done. Brilliant and utterly inspirational. Hope everyone has let you put your feet up this evening x

Donation by Dawn Reynolds on 13/04/14

£15.00

Well done Clarkster - you legend you! All our love, Tony, Helen & Federico

Donation by Tony Frisino on 13/04/14

£15.00

+ £3.75 Gift Aid

Well done amazing achiement

Donation by Michelle stone on 13/04/14

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Good Luck Charlotte! We are thinking of you xxx

Donation by Ita & Clive on 13/04/14

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Go girl! Hope you have a great race x

Donation by Donna Amato on 12/04/14

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Good luck. You 're amazing! James says keep in mind the extended family record. Lots of love

Donation by James, Melissa & Grace on 12/04/14

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Good luck Char! We will be thinking of you. Another great achievement to add to your list!

Donation by Andrew, Jodie, Zak and Joshua on 12/04/14

£25.00

+ £6.25 Gift Aid

Well done and good luck. Lots of love xxx

Donation by Helen and Mick Wren on 12/04/14

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Better late than never! You are awesome, good luck and enjoy it. Xx

Donation by Claire, Alistair, Beatrice and Angus on 12/04/14

£25.00

Good Luck Charlotte. With love The Jechs xx

Donation by Vicky Jech on 12/04/14

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Good luck char love pete and gina

Donation by Gina on 12/04/14

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

It is truly a fantastic thing you are doing. We hope you fly to the finish line!

Donation by Adrian and Jacqui Carter on 12/04/14

£25.00

+ £6.25 Gift Aid

Good luck Charlotte! You've done such an amazing job raising so much money and awareness. You're an inspiration!x

Donation by Julia x on 12/04/14

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Well Done Char. Good luck for Sunday xxx

Donation by Dan & Gem on 11/04/14

£50.00

+ £12.50 Gift Aid

If you beat the extended family record of 4hrs 4mins we'll go double bubble

Donation by Alex and Simon on 11/04/14

£26.20

+ £6.55 Gift Aid

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Good Luck Charlotte. You are a wonderful lady.

Donation by Jean & Clive Chouls, Spain on 11/04/14

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£4,677.06
  • Offline donations£365.00
  • Text donations£0.00
  • Total raised£5,042.06
  • Gift Aid£845.05

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