The weeks are flying by and I’m really starting to experience what it takes to train for a marathon. If I’m honest I am sometimes struggling to fit in the amount of training I feel I should be doing. I have put a huge amount of pressure on myself. Work gets busier, family life carries on and just because I haven’t enough to keep me busy, I decided a puppy was a good idea! We welcomed Ruairi (Rory) into the family last week and he is a beautiful bundle of fun and my new running partner in the making (small steps first with lots of walks).
I have had a few good runs but a couple of painful ones too (my foot has been giving me trouble but I have some exercises to strengthen it) but the reason I’m running and the encouragement I get from my daughter and family spur me on. My Personal Trainer, Sam, has been great with different workouts targeting my legs and core, and at times it has been brutal but I feel stronger because of her.
I have been touched by the support I have received by people who have been extremely generous. Some have even anonymously left sponsorship on my just giving page. I want to thank all of you for being so generous!
However, most touching of all was a dementia patient who donated some money to support my fundraising this week. It meant so much that they left a little white envelope with a handwritten note attached.
Part of the work the PET CT1 department does is supporting research into dementia, that coupled with my own personal experience of how devastating this disease can be is, was my inspiration to run this marathon and raise money for Cobalt. We are currently funding the scans for patients with young onset dementia. Last year after a scan with us, one dementia patient left a donation which we used to fund a specially designed mural for the rooms where patients relax before their scan and after they have had their injection of radioactive sugar2. The mural makes the room a more relaxing space and helps to support patients who may suffer from confusion in unfamiliar surroundings.
I look forward to catching up with you in my next blog. Until then, please visit my Just Giving Page and give what you can. Thank you.
1) PET/CT (Positron Emission Tomography and Computed Tomography) combines the information from a PET scan and a CT scan into one single examination. PET can provide information that helps doctors make an early diagnosis. The PET scan finds increased activity in the cells in the body and the CT provides information about the structure of the body, which will help doctors plan appropriate treatment if needed. PET/CT is a painless and safe scanning method.
2) Before a PET CT scan a patient will receive an injection of radioactive sugar. This behaves in a similar way to ordinary sugar in the body. Radioactive sugar is very safe and has no side effects. They will need to lie and relax quietly on a bed for at least one and a half hours after the injection. They may bring some CDs or DVDs with them to listen to or watch. It is important that they relax all muscles because the radioactive sugar is travelling around their system. They will then have the scan.