Anyone that has been reading this blog for a while now will probably know that my 7 year old daughter Bella has pretty bad asthma and has spent a lot of time in hospital because of it.
She also suffers from severe allergies and eczema and has to take 5 medications a day just to keep these 3 problems under control. Her asthma is so bad that when she was 4 she spent a week in hospital very ill and on oxygen the entire time, and even then her oxygen levels were dangerously low. One night, that I will never forget, I honestly thought we might lose her. These days though we're really lucky that her meds stop her from suffering too much and we've just had 6 months clear of hospital for the first time in her entire life.
When my mum was diagnosed with terminal cancer 2 years ago, I struggled for the first year with how to cope and it wasn't until last summer when I decided to start running that I got myself and my life back under control. The act of running (something that I never thought I'd do because I suffer from arthritis and asthma) really did empower me. It allowed me to take control, when so much in my life was out of my control. It also allowed me to feel that I was making a difference because I could raise money for cancer research by running in races.
When I ran 10k last year to raise money for the oncology hospital that manages mums cancer, Bella made me promise that I would let her run the Race For Life this year. It's something that she's kept asking about over the last 8 months and because she's doing so well at the moment I finally gave in.
So we're doing the Race For Life 5k together on July 1st. I honestly don't know if Bella can even walk 5k, but we're going to do our best, because Bella loves my mum so, so much and desperately wants to do something to help keep her with us for as long as possible. So we're going to start training this weekend, by walking (and jogging very slowly) for 1k and then spend the next 6 weeks building up her strength.
When I told Bella that we were going to try and raise £250 she started crying because she's scared that it's too much and she'll fail. Of course I told her that it doesn't matter, as long as we try, and that we're all proud of her (especially her Nana) but I know that we can do it and I want her to be able to look back and know that she helped. We can't cure mum, but we can help find a cure for others.
There are too many people in the world going through what my family is going through. Please help Bella to make a difference by visiting this page and donating anything you can.
Thank you! xx
**** Thank you so much to everyone that has helped us reach our target in just one day! But please don't let it stop you from still donating - it's a truly important cause and we need to raise as much money as we can. Thanks!!****