After my best ever marathon time in 2014 I entered the Brighton Marathon again for April 2015 only to find out in October that at the relatively young age of 49 I have incurable advanced prostate cancer. My prognosis is not ideal so anything I can do to help others affected by this terrible disease in the future will be a comfort and it may even be in time to help me!
Prostate Cancer UK have already been of huge support to me and I know that will continue but they also undertake valuable research and believe me this not only affects the person who has it (1 in 7 men will get prostate cancer!) but also wives, brothers, sisters, parents, children, friends and its not just an old mans disease as I always thought.
My only caveat is that I have no idea if will actually make the start line, I promise I will do my best but I will be on week 14 of chemotherapy by then and have no idea how I will have reacted to it or if I can walk 100 yards let alone run 26.2 miles so ultimately you may be "Just giving", that said, if I have to come back and do it in stages or on my own then I wil do it just for the glory of saying I can stil do it. .
Life is a funny thing, I don't really have regrets but I am sure as hell not going to waste what I have now, if nothing else I hope that by reading this you will waste less time too and not skimp on the important things in life.
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