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Digital Subscriptions > Women’s Running > Dec-17 > STAR LETTER DEFYING THE ODDS


I am 35 years old and have cystic fibrosis. I am defying the odds against this disease by running a marathon, something I was initially told I’d never be well enough to complete. I use running as a tool to stay alive, as it’s my physiotherapy, clearing mucous from my damaged lungs which otherwise cause infection. My battle is crucial as I have two children, with my youngest also having CF. I aim to provide him, as well as other sufferers of the disease, with a positive role model to give them hope and the belief that anything is possible. I have gone from being a non-runner (unable to walk without severe breathlessness on a treadmill four years ago) to running 5K races, up to 10K, then my biggest challenge was two half marathons last year. This year my marathon will be a huge challenge. I love to raise awareness for cystic fibrosis and the impact running has had on my health. Thank you!

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About Women’s Running

Discover the best running gear of 2017 with the December issue of Women’s Running. In our annual Women’s Running awards, we’ve tried and tested 1,000 running products and, in this issue, we uncover the products that came out on top. While giving you ideas for your Christmas wishlist, we’ll help you to stay motivated too, with stories of amazing women who have used running to transform their health and lifestyles. You’ll also learn how to adopt a winning mindset, so that at every race you feel like a winner, no matter where in the field you finish. And if that’s enough to inspire you to take on a new race challenge next year, head over to our regular race reports section for a taster of some epic races the team have taken part in this season. We’ve also got for you a killer workout for abs and arms, helping you to tone up and improve your form, plus plenty more advice and inspiration to boost your running.