I'd like to tell you about Jayne.
In February 2011, she was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS). This is a rare blood cancer and leads to bone marrow failure. The illness progressed and she risked acute myeloid leukaemia.
Jayne was isolated in St James hospital in Leeds and underwent intensive chemotherapy. In July 2012, she went into remission and was then able to undergo a bone marrow transplant. She now uses her experiences to speak positively to others about how to get the most out of life.
I've been working with Jayne for the last few months to improve her fitness, strength and muscular endurance. We've worked hard on becoming nutritionally spot on and our aim is for her to run a 5K, having never run before. She is one of the most positive people that I know, works so hard, won't give in, unbelievably determined no matter how hard it gets and pretty all round amazing!
Please do follow our progress here on this blog over the next few weeks as we continue to train towards running that 5K in July #inspirationalgirl
With care and determination,our bodies can often be trained far beyond what we believed was possible.
Here's a post that Jayne has put onto her own facebook page about self belief......I hope that you feel inspired by her attitude towards her goals.....
This weeks plan from my Personal Trainer included a 45 minute swim!! I can’t do that……or can I?
I haven’t been for a proper swim since before my transplant (just a bob about on holiday!). Even before my transplant I couldn’t swim more than 4 lengths or so. I used to hold my breath, struggle controlling my breathing etc…..I believed I couldn’t swim more than 4 lengths, so I would stop at 4!
I used to believe I couldn’t run, and now I am progressing nicely with my training plan and can run 4 x 05 miles with a short walk in between each section.
Since my transplant I have a new ‘MIND’, a new ATTITUDE. I believe I can do anything that I want to do, it may take hard work but if I want it, I can achieve it.
So, I packed my bag and headed to the swimming pool.
I swam 4 lengths and my breathing was fine, shock, horror!!! I think meditation and also the fact that I can breathe when I run has contributed massively to this. After about 6 lengths my arms were really aching, but I thought to myself “sometimes when I run, my legs hurt but eventually they know I am not going to stop so they start working more effectively, maybe my arms will do the same”. So I carried on! Low and behold they stopped hurting!
I did have a very achey neck and shoulders throughout the swim, but I carried on, and stretched out when I reached the shallow end.
I did a phenomenal, for me, 40 (x 25m) lengths in 46 minutes. I can not believe it!!! I’m so flipping chuffed.
I have spent years telling myself I can’t run….I can.
I have spent years telling myself I can’t swim….I can.
Isn’t it sad that we tell ourselves that we can’t achieve certain things that we would like to, when in all honesty we haven’t even tried, or given it our best shot.
Don’t let others tell you you can’t achieve your goals, but worse than that do not tell yourself you can’t achieve your dreams or goals without even trying and giving it 100%.
We are all capable of more than we think we are.