Run For Your Life

Run for Your Life is an inspirational story about how running transformed one woman's experience of breast cancer.

Run For Your Life

How one woman ran circles around breast cancer by Jenny Baker, Amos Trust Chair of Trustees.

Jenny Baker had just had her best year ever of running – 'Personal Bests' at every distance and a 'Good for Age' entry into the following year’s London Marathon. She was planning to run five marathons to celebrate her 50th birthday, only to see all that start to unravel when she found a lump in her breast.

She knew that one in eight women will get breast cancer, but it was a huge shock to discover that she was the one. Feeling betrayed by her body and frightened about the future, her instinct was to keep running as long as she could.

In the turmoil of coming to terms with her diagnosis, a golden moment was discovering that her oncologist was a marathon runner too. With his encouragement, she set herself the challenge of running to all her chemotherapy sessions, seven miles along the river to Charing Cross Hospital.

Jenny had already discovered huge benefits from over 15 years of running – mental and physical health, the opportunity to achieve new goals, and a community to belong to. Now running became her secret weapon for coping with her cancer treatment, and getting her life back on track once it was all over.

Run For Your Life is my inspirational story about how running transformed my experience of breast cancer, helping me to rewrite the story of what was happening to me.

In it, you will discover how she became a runner, why running makes you stronger in so many ways and how those runs to chemo became a source of life and hope.

Run For Your Life is:

  • a raw and honest account of how Jenny rose to the challenge of breast cancer and kept running throughout her treatment
  • how her crew of chemo runners gave her strength and courage to run to all her chemotherapy sessions.
  • includes a compelling exploration of how running becomes part of our identity which will resonate with runners of all standards
  • full of insight into how to cope with a cancer diagnosis, and how to offer support and help, relevant to women diagnosed with breast cancer and to their family and friends
  • why she's so passionate about the importance of exercise for physical and mental health, and for wellbeing.
  • why she's run two marathons in Palestine in support of human rights, why the third attempt ended up as a 10k, and how she did the half marathon in Palestine less than three months after finishing cancer treatment
  • why she's choosing to live hopefully and to keep on running. 

Half the proceeds from the sale of Run For Your Life sold through the Amos Trust web shop will be donated to our work in Palestine.


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