A mother left a ‘shadow of her former self’ has thanked those who helped her on the road to recovery.
Brenda Johnson, 41, of Bexhill, was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2012 and has been undergoing a battle with the disease for the last three years.
After the cancer spread to her liver, she faced numerous operations and chemotherapy.
As a keen gym-goer, Brenda returned to Bexhill Leisure Centre looking to improve her fitness and wellbeing after the cancer treatments.
She said: “I barely recognised myself after all the operations. I’d lost a lot of weight and I didn’t feel like me. Going back to the gym, with the friendly familiar faces helped me get back to normal again.”
Advised to do gentle exercise by her GP, Brenda started working with a personal trainer who offered closer guidance and support.
As a personal challenge, Brenda signed up to the Race for Life 5k in Eastbourne. She and her mum completed the race together, raising more than £700 for Cancer Research UK.
Using the cross-trainer and treadmill at the gym, she started a 30sec run/walk training program to build up to the distance.
Brenda said; “I really enjoyed the experience. In fact I’m keen to do more road races, even though I think my mum is fitter than me right now.
“It’s been tough dealing with an energetic young toddler while sick, but I’ve been overwhelmed with love and support from my family and friends.”
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