Breast cancer has not put the brakes on Michelle Gascoine.
Following 35 sessions of radiotherapy, six harrowing hospital procedures, a course of hormone injections and a series of debilitating chemotherapy treatments Michelle is grinning her way through the gruelling years and taking part in the Peace Hospice Care Night Runner.
Michelle from Watford is joining a terrific team of supportive comrades from British Military Fitness to take part in the Saturday March 21 event.
The fun challenge is all part of Michelle's road to marking her recovery. It is also her chance to bury the bad years and celebrate her half century in October.
'I was diagnosed with breast cancer in June 2003,' said Michelle. 'I had discovered a lump, was losing weight and bruising easily.'
Treatments, surgery and chemo followed. But the side effects left Michelle exhausted and hospitalised.
'My nervous system began to rebel against the chemo treatments resulting in extended hospital stays and a few nasty infections,' said Michelle. 'But I was able to celebrate my 40th birthday in 2005, and none of us thought it would happen. Now this year I get to celebrate my 50th.'
Battling medically, emotionally, mentally and physically has not been easy for Michelle but she is determined to contribute to the Night Running event to help celebrate her well-being.
'Taking part in the Night Runner with some wonderful people from BMF is a further step in what has been a long recovery period and at the same time it is marking my recovery and raising money for such a wonderful cause,' said Michelle.
Peter Watson, Events & Community Fundraising Manager for Peace Hospice Care said 'There's plenty of places left for the Night Runner event so we're really hoping that more people will sign up. It's going to be a great event with 17 obstacles packed into a 2 mile course. You don't have to be super fit, just up for a bit of an adventure and a good laugh, there's also a pub nearby so you can have a well-deserved beer when you've completed the course!'
If you cannot take part in the event and wish to sponsor Michelle or one of the BMF runners featured in the photo visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/BMFHerts
Michelle is featured central front row /red bib/number 15.
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