Karen is a 51-year-old GP from Hampshire. 10 years after her primary diagnosis this year she was diagnosed with secondary spread breast cancer in her sternum, chest wall and lungs.
Undeterred, Karen ran her first marathon just months later and in September, Karen set herself the goal of running three more marathons in a calendar year. Her first in November took her to the beautiful city of Florence. Next up will be London in April and Berlin in September.
In her role as our first Sports Ambassador, Karen has kindly agreed to share her experiences as she balances family and professional life with training and treatment.Read Karen's story
#16 London Marathon – we finally did it!
#15 Final training run
#14 Virtual London Marathon count down!
#13 Romsey Relay May 2020
#12 Lockdown week 4, London Marathon day
#11 Talking to children about cancer
#10 The Covid weeks, day 5 of 12 weeks
#9 Fritham-Frogham half marathon
#8 Good news from the CT scan!
#7 Ready to run: using expert assessment to find the right trainers
#6 Spinning away the Monday blues!
Deciding whether to reduce Palbociclib dose to manage neutrophil count whilst undergoing extreme exercise
#5 Feel good Friday
#4 Hospital review
#3 Karen and Simon’s 14 mile run
#2 First run after the Florence marathon
#1 Follow Karen’s 3 marathon challenge progress;Support Karen's 3 Marathon Challenge
Karen has also helped us produce an patient information leaflet which gives people an idea of what to expect from the moment they find a lump, taking them through what may happen during their first referral appointment.