I’m not going to lie. I was sat on the sofa recovering from surgery and feeling sorry for myself so I entered the general ballot thinking I wouldn’t get picked (who does on their first go?!) ……..that kinda back fired when I got the email saying I’d got in!
I am not an athlete and I am not fit. I took part in some 5km races last year so running half a marathon (13.1 miles) is a whole new ball game – especially as at the moment I cannot get to the top of the stairs without being out of breath! As you can see I’m a chunky chublet, so I’ve joined The Health Hub to not only increase my fitness, but to build on my core strength. With the help of the PT’s and the 6 week reviews, I’m hoping to go from walking to jogging on a treadmill soon.
What’s my story?
I have the BRCA 2 gene which I inherited from my Dad (no, it’s not a female only gene) which in a nutshell means I have an 65-80% chance of getting breast cancer and a 40-50% chance of getting ovarian cancer. Therefore rather than waiting to see if I woke up one day with a lump I decided to take preventative measures and had risk reducing surgery to prevent breast cancer.
On 17 November 2016 I had a bilateral mastectomy and DIEP reconstruction (basically had both my boobs off and a section of my stomach cut out so the fat from my stomach could be used to rebuild my boobs). This was not plain sailing by any means – what should have been one operation turned into three operations (about 19 hours of surgery in 32 hours).
Despite becoming quite ill and losing part of one of my reconstructed boobs (it will be fixed at a later date) I live to tell the tale and am grateful for all the surgeons and nurses that looked after me; and thank all my amazing family and friends for their support.
As I got a general entry place in the Ballot for the Great North Run I don’t need to raise money for charity. However I have decided to raise some money for Cancer Research Research UK to highlight the important work they undertake for ALL types of cancers. after all their research assisted in discovering the BRCA 1 & 2 genes.
I will post updates of my progress on my just giving page so feel free to click on it to see how my training is going (please do not feel obliged to donate) I’m more interested in raising the profile of BRCA and sharing my journey with people. Thanks for reading! 🙂
JustGiving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Carina-Drake
Before I had my boobs off I had a cast made of them. I’m so glad I did as I’ve forgotten what they were like and I didn’t realise they were as big as my head! Haha!