Where have the months gone? What have I been up to? What have the few readers of this blog been up to? I’m sure I don’t have many or even any! Let’s face it, my blog is not all that interesting but I’m a bit of a geek so I plod on – or not so much this winter – now ‘summer’….
I think the last thing I was attempting was the Belfast City Half Marathon. I was doing it for MPD Voice (now MPN Voice). ET has been reclassified as a Neoplasm but I’m still only taking aspirin. Long may that last! I did the Half Marathon and I didn’t come last, I came third from last… I was in agony the whole time and struggling with severe breathlessness, racing heart and excruciating leg cramps. Fast forward a couple of weeks and I get a letter saying I need my iron levels checked and I learn that they are in my boots. Bring on the iron tablets, sick leave, hospital procedures and appointments while someone tries to figure out how I ended up with an iron level of 3.5! Eek!
I’m glad to say that little episode is behind me and I am gratefully pressing on. I am training again. I am slow, I have put on weight but I don’t mind. I can now stay awake past 9:00, I can undertake more than one activity in the day and I am slowly getting there. I am back at the gym and I will be doing the British 10K in July. This time I will be raising funds for Lupus UK. After being ill and diagnosed with an overlap of Scleroderma and Lupus, it was important for me to set myself a challenge like this.
I really appreciate having some of my strength and energy back and love the fresh air and exhilaration of plodding along beside the sea – even when a squall blows up and whips the salty air up around your face and bites into your skin. Some of these days I might get a warm, dry run… Who knows? I’m looking forward to crossing the finishing line on the 12th July knowing that my illnesses have not defeated me (yet!) and hopefully raising a healthy donation to Lupus UK.