YOU’RE NOT ALONE

Runner's World (UK) - - Your World - Cedric Johns, Corn­wall

I feel now I can put into words what has hap­pened to me in the past 12 months, and ex­plain how run­ning is help­ing me through it. Twelve years ago, at a race, I needed a com­fort break. I stopped, but noth­ing hap­pened. An­other stop, same prob­lem. Two days later, at the hos­pi­tal, I got the re­sults: prostate can­cer. Var­i­ous ill­nesses fol­lowed: a skin can­cer scare, chest in­fec­tions, colds, shin­gles and de­pres­sion. When I thought it was over, my wife was di­ag­nosed with a mix of Alzheimer’s and de­men­tia, and on Fe­bru­ary 23 this year she passed away. Now, with the help of my doc­tor and my run­ning club, Carn Run­ners, I am back run­ning. It helps so much, makes me feel like I’m able to cope with my loss and helps me through the hard times. If there is any­one who is in a sim­i­lar po­si­tion, put on your run­ning shoes and join a club. Don’t try to go it alone.

STAND­ING TALL Run­ning has helped Cedric through the tough­est of times

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