October 3rd 2016 me and my familys life took a drastic turn. A MR scan showed a tumor in my brain. October 17th 2016 I had surgery and it was confirmed that I have brain cancer. It was of course a gigantic chok for me and everyone around me. You never expect that to happen to you. It’s always the neighbor, or someone somebody knows. But October 3rd it was me. 44 year old, family dad, small business owner, Wruuum caught up by life. But not run over.
After surgegy a standard 6 week combined chemo and radiation treatment started. Monday to Friday, I went to the hospital for my daily radiation. I went by bike. In hospital bed I had made myself a promise – I would show my daughters that despite my brain tumour I’m still their strong, committed father. So I decided I would sign up and train for the Copenhagen Marathon May 21st 2017 – eventhough it was in the middle of my 6 month follow up chemo treatment.
I have runned marathons before, last time 7 years ago. So I knew the effort required.
By going by bike to my radiation appointments I kept myself active, got my condition ready to train for long distance runs. I combined my bike tours with hiking my regular 10k running route. As soon as my surgery wound and brain that was swollen from radiation allowed me to run I added pace.
Some 5 months later I made the Copenhagen Marathon in 4 hours and 16 minutes – between chemo sessions. In total I managed to run some 600km while in chemo. Of which 4 was half marathons and one full marathon. Being active is very good for keeping side effects as fatique and nausea away. Running long distance run, builds a lot of confidence to my body. When you are hit by a serious diagnose you feel betrayed by your body, and you want to prove to yourself that it is still ok.
You want to stay strong to be ready to what comes next. I am done with chemo for now, my scans are fine, im on a 3 month follow up scan program. You live with the knowledge that perhaps someday the bastard will be back. And then I want to stand taller, stronger and more ready than I was when I first was overwhelmed by the cancer.
So i am continuing to race marathons and this November I will run The New York Marathon. BUT tickets are extremely hard to get. The only way it is possible for me to go – having my daughters and wife with me – is by going as a Gold Charity Runner. I commited myself to raise 7500$ – a goal that I’ve fulfilled already. But I continue to raise funds for Fred’s Team until race day November 5th. Hence i have raised the bar to 25.000$
Along my training so far, I found that my approach is an inspiration to other people. Both sick and healthy. It’s a huge motivation for me to see that my running project carries a broader purpose than just me running to assure myself and my family that i am doing ok. Thats why I’ve set up this page so you can help me fight my own cancer raise funds to fight cancer in a broader sence and to keep beeing an inspiration.
- If you want to support dedicated brain cancer research you should support Fred’s Team.
- If you want to support me, help me inspiring others and stay strong you should support MY Training
- Do you want to support in another way. Eg. Through Danish Cancer Society (Kræftens Bekæmpelse or just have another idea of supporting me you should Support in other way