So last week at York Race for Life, Jayne Snell ran 5K.
Three years ago this very weekend, Jayne went through a number of ordeals in order to attempt survival, following her diagnosis of a rare form of blood cancer. Her treatment included full body irradiation, a bone marrow stem cell transplant and lots of chemotherapy. She now has her amazing donors immune system and has even changed blood group.
Once she had recovered from her treatment, she decided that she wanted to become stronger and one of the things that she'd always wanted to do was run. She'd never thought that she could. It has taken us 9 months of training to get to today, where she ran 5K (with a beautiful pace).
I have been privileged to be part of Jayne's journey. She has worked incredibly hard to get to today, shown solid determination and has never ever given up, despite set backs.
It is possible to be stronger and fitter and achieve a fantastic goal, with patience and determination.
Jayne Snell, I can't tell you how emotional it felt for me today when you were up on the stage telling your story and how rewarding it was to cross the finish line with you.
Today my love, you really did it - you ran your first 5K.
More importantly, you refuse to be defined by the challenges that you have faced and you continue to move forwards - onwards to the next chapter xxxx