Run­ning with can­cer and help­ing oth­ers

Runner's World (UK) - - HUMAN RACE -

When Liz Burns was in­volved in a mi­nor car crash in 2010, she broke her neck in two places. At the hospi­tal, she was told that the rea­son her bones had bro­ken so eas­ily was that she had can­cer, which had caused them to be­come soft. Treat­ment be­gan im­me­di­ately and for the next five months she wore a neck brace 24 hours a day. She is still on daily med­i­ca­tion and at­tends hospi­tal ev­ery three weeks for in­tra­venous drugs. ‘It took a while to get my head around the di­ag­no­sis,’ says Liz, now 49. ‘ But once I did, I was keen to re­sume as nor­mal and ac­tive a life as pos­si­ble.’ Six months after the crash she walked a 10K, wear­ing her neck col­lar, and the fol­low­ing year be­gan run­ning again. ‘Since then, I’ve taken part in five marathons, a Tough Mud­der and a 36-mile ul­tra,’ she says. She is also a vol­un­teer at Move More, an ex­er­cise class for peo­ple with can­cer. ‘I be­lieve ex­er­cise helps. It’s one of the things that keeps me go­ing and I’m not go­ing to stop un­til I have to.’

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