From heart surgery to a marathon: Helen's story in 8 inspiring quotes and pictures
Helen Doyle thought her running dreams might be over when she was diagnosed with a heart problem. See how she's gone from surgery to the London Marathon, in pictures and Helen's own words.
“When I was told I had a heart problem, I felt like my whole life had been tipped upside down. Everything just stopped.”
“After surgery, you’re completely dependent at first. You have to learn how to walk and talk again.”
“It’s just readjusting your mindset. My heart has been fixed and the reason it’s been fixed is so I can live my life.”
“Every time I go running, it's like a mini miracle.”
“There’s a buzz you get when you race. It makes you feel really positive, especially when you’re running with other people. Having people cheer you on is amazing.”
“I’m spending more time doing things I love now, because I feel like life’s very short and my story could have ended up being very different. I feel lucky that I’m still here and I’m healthy.”
“Even though it has been the most painful, awful experience in some ways, it’s absolutely amazing in others. It’s changed my life and put everything into perspective.”
My marathon, my way
Now runners of any level can take on a marathon. MyMarathon challenges you to run 26 miles during May and raise funds for the BHF. Whether it’s in four hours, four days or four weeks, you decide the pace and the place. The MyMarathon website is full of running, nutrition and fundraising tips to help you go the distance this May.
Sign up for free by 30 April 2016.