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Every day is a battle

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Leukaemia Care, Charity

  • Leah Cardiff Half

Every day is a battle, both mentally and physically. I’m exhausted. Constantly trying to stay strong and positive is draining my energy.

I want to be as honest as I can be. I feel like I am a positive person, always looking for the good, I get excited about life and am very passionate. You know, half glass full kind of girl. But I am struggling.

I’m writing this on March 17th, a year to the day that my dad was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) and as the London Marathon approaches, I really am feeling the emotion and stress. I’m panicking I won’t be ready, I’m worried I just won’t do it and I’m scared of the emotional rollercoaster it’s all going to be. Even more so because I was so determined to not run in memory of him but have him there ready to see me walk through his door with my medal. I’m not sure I will ever be able to accept that. I miss him, it’s a pain I have never known before and it hurts.

Then there are the days I feel strong and positive, that nothing is going stop me. I know I will do this and I know dad will be with me every step. I am improving all the time with my training so I know I can physically do it, especially with all of the support and encouragement I have been receiving.

The local paper are following my progress and my running club have been so amazing helping with my training programme. A close friend of mine has raised over £400 for me which is so incredible. It really is overwhelming.

The next time I will post will be after the marathon, but my advice is stay strong and always have hope.

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