Wed­ding dress run weeks af­ter chemo

South Wales Echo - - NEWS -

A WOMAN is set to run the Cardiff Half Marathon in her wed­ding dress – two weeks af­ter go­ing through chemo­ther­apy.

Ja­nine Os­borne-Bowring, 35, was di­ag­nosed with We­gen­ers Gran­u­lo­mato­sis, a form of vas­culi­tis, in De­cem­ber 2015.

The au­toim­mune dis­ease causes in­flam­ma­tion of the blood ves­sels caus­ing them to be­come swollen and nar­row.

Ja­nine, known as Jin, was left deaf in her right ear, suf­fer­ing from si­nusi­tis and her lungs were badly dam­aged. She has chemo­ther­apy every six months to try to con­trol the dis­ease.

Her run in the half marathon will raise money for two char­i­ties – JDRF Wales, a char­ity that helps peo­ple come to terms with ju­ve­nile type one di­a­betes, and a cys­tic fi­bro­sis char­ity.

The chal­lenge fol­lows on from Ja­nine climb­ing eight moun­tains in eight days in her wed­ding gear along with hus­band Matt af­ter their wed­ding in Au­gust, rais­ing £1,800 for Vas­culi­tis UK.

Ja­nine said: “When I got di­ag­nosed with this dis­ease, the prog­no­sis wasn’t good. I lost the hear­ing in my right ear, I was left with an im­bal­ance and my lungs were badly dam­aged.

“The only way to con­trol it is the same chemo­ther­apy that is used to treat leukaemia. Every six months I have a dose, but it wipes you out. The dis­ease never goes away, you just stay in re­mis­sion.”

Be­cause of the chemo­ther­apy, Ja­nine has been un­able to train for the Cardiff Half Marathon, say­ing she is “just wing­ing it”.

She said: “I did it last year when I was first di­ag­nosed as a way to show me and oth­ers you can still do things.

“This year I wanted to do it for my friend’s daugh­ter who was di­ag­nosed with type one di­a­betes and my other friend who has cys­tic fi­bro­sis. We’ve all got au­toim­mune dis­eases but they’re not able to do it, so I am.”

She added: “I know I’ll have this dis­ease for life and I have to deal with that, but I will not let it beat me... Slowly but surely, fit­ness has helped me to get strong again.”

Jin, who runs JinFit, a well­be­ing and work­out cen­tre in Pe­narth, added: “My wed­ding dress is a lit­tle worse for wear af­ter climb­ing eight moun­tains in it, but a quick sponge down and a spritz of per­fume and it’ll be fine for Sun­day.

“I don’t see the point of such a beau­ti­ful dress gath­er­ing dust un­der my bed or on top of the wardrobe when I can use it to raise aware­ness and raise money for such good causes.”

Cardiff Half Marathon route map – pages 24&25

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