Next April, I'll be running not only the London Marathon for the very first time but it will also be my first EVER marathon! I know that millions of people complete them every year but running 26.2 miles is most definitely a daunting task. I still don't think I've come to terms with it just yet but I'm training hard and hoping to complete it in a pretty respectable time!
As well as this, I'm currently fundraising for Macmillan and have a target of £2,500 to raise for the incredible work that they do.
In terms of how cancer has affected me personally, early on in 2015 whilst I was working at Skiddle, I met Chris Glaba who quickly became an integral part of my working life as a colleague and as a mate. He introduced me to his silly prawn cracker eating friend, Jamie, who I fell head over heels in love with and would end up being with for 3 years.
Although Jamie and I are no longer together, I will always be grateful for knowing Chris and for that chapter of my life. Simply put, Chris loved music, living his life to the fullest and being the centre of attention. He amalgamated my personal and professional life into one, making me an overall more outgoing person. I'll never forget him referring to himself as 'the glue that held everything together.
In December 2016, Chris sadly lost his battle to cancer at just 27 years of age. I'll never forget the day I received a phone call from Rich (Director of Skiddle) to tell me the terrible news which I had to deliver to Jamie.
Since Chris' passing, I understand now more than ever that life is far too short. He might not have known it at the time but he's had a major impact on my life in more ways than one.
Because of Chris and the impact he's had on everyone around him, I'm going to challenge myself by completing the London Marathon and most importantly raise money for Macmillan & the fantastic work that they do.
More recently, our dear friend, Lisa Martin from Macmillan has been diagnosed with cancer which has only given me even more motivation to smash my target! All donations are greatly appreciated and thank you for taking the time to read my story!x