I was diagnosed 5 years ago with breast cancer, after agressive but successful treatment (Chemo Radio/3 opperations/Herceptin/Tamoxifen to name a few) I am now fortunate to be 4 years clear.
Recovery from this disease can be gruelling and take 5-10 years.Side effects (Cognitive/disfunction/agitation/inability to work/fatique to name a few) effect daily life.
Fatique (not tiredness but bone dragging mental/physical exhaustion) has and is my hardest challenge, I have always been fit healthy and motivated. This has made my running training very very challenging adding to its already difficult nature.
Odyssey was a charity that touched me around 18 months after treatment, I was lost, broken, exhausted, and had lost my confidence in my abilities and future path.
I went on this course, made great friends, and turned round my energy to focus on the next part of recovery, living again. Its an ongoing process but this was a catalyst.
I did a skydive off the back of that and its why I have been training since April for the Brighton half marathon.
I am running for those that cant, and for those that will again, help me to do this by donating big or small.
I want to spread the message that you can do more than you imagined after cancer.
Why Odyssey is immense...
Odyssey draws on the majesty of the outdoor environment, the arts,
and the stimulation of challenge, uncertainty and surprise to help adult
cancer survivors overcome the emotional and physical devastation caused by their illness.
Odyssey helps patients rebuild their confidence and self-esteem, engage with exercise, and take back control of their lives. Through
various fundraising initiatives, donors and partnerships, courses are
offered at no financial cost to the participant.
Thanks for reading and donating. Charlotte x