CIMS - Run For Cancer Marathon
4th Feb 2018
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Manisha Doiphode



In August 2015, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Being the positive person I am, I was confident that breast cancer is curable with a good survival rate, a belief which was endorsed by my oncologist. He even egged me to start running again. I had suboptimal energy levels, and I had lost full range of movement in my right arm coupled with a chemotherapy port that hurt with almost every lift of my arm. it was a question of “mind dictating the body”. With support from my husband and constant encouragement from my Pune Running buddies, I started to run and train during the second and third week after each chemotherapy session, doing long 10km runs on Sundays, even stretching to a 15km in the middle of my radiotherapy sessions. I would feel a positive energy flow through me, which helped minimize the side effects of chemotherapy and the joint pains and numbness in my fingers and toes. Dr. Mitali Upadhye, my fellow runner, a mind body healer and cancer survivor made me a Pinkathon ambassador. I now run in Pinkathon with the Shero Squad of cancer survivors. I’m a regular on the marathon circuit now, having done many half marathons including India’s toughest Hyderabad Marathon. I sometimes still experience the after effects of my therapy, but there’s no turning back now. I occasionally train new runners and share my experience to motivate them to take up running as a lifestyle. I get invited as a motivational speaker after my story was accepted in the ICICI Fund your own worth initiative. My motto "don't worry about dying, worry about not living".

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