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I was given an invitation I could not refuse and had my best run EVER πŸƒπŸΌβ€β™€οΈπŸ˜ƒπŸƒπŸΌβ€β™€οΈ

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I've just had the best run EVER, EVER, EVER!

Some friends on this forum will know that my 28 yr old daughter had a kidney transplant late October. This was in response to a rare disease she was suddenly diagnosed with when she was 10.

Since the operation she has continued to be stoic, and has worked hard to regain strength and stamina, walking further everyday, and then walking faster too and generally getting back to a fuller life!

After checking with her wonderful NHS clinical experts, today she asked if I would join her on her next stage of the recovery..........Moving into running using C25k! An invitation there was no way I could refuse!

So in the low bright winter sun, in fresh sparkly conditions, we went to a local recreation field where I knew the surrounding paths are gravel, there was therefore not a sign of ice under foot. As I had done a parkrun yesterday I used my run for recovery, very slow very steady. When my girly ran I ran, when she walked I walked, constantly passing on the pathways on the sunny sides of the fields. We both had enormous smiles on our faces through out, and lots of high fives between us!

My darling daughter managed to cover 4.5k including the warm up/down walks, but slow and steady throughout. The first running since her op and indeed a long while before that due to her condition leaving her feeling exhausted most of the time. Tomorrow she goes back to London and continues to heal and recover further until she can go back to her beloved teaching role, hopefully in the not too distant future. I think this programme will help if she continues slow and steady.

A great start to the new year, and the best run ever! πŸ€—πŸƒπŸΌβ€β™€οΈπŸΎ

Happy running everyone!

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What a moving post (I genuinely welled up reading it) - and what a very special moment that must have been for you both. Best of luck for 2017 to both of you☺.

Millsie-JGraduate in reply to Sandraj39

Thank you Sandra, yes it was very special. Best wishes to you and yours too!

PippiRuns in reply to Sandraj39

Me too

Fantastic Jacs! sounds like shes making excellent progress, to start c25k sounds like a great idea! perfect new year gift :)

Millsie-JGraduate in reply to aliboo70

Thanks Ali, yes she is doing really well, has always had grit and determination which I'm sure helps!


She's a lucky girl to have a mum like you. Running with your offspring is a real privilege. Kiddo asked if he could come with me half-way through C25K, and we sign up for 10k's together (he is already eating and waiting for me when I come over the finishing line). Keep us posted on her running progress!

Millsie-JGraduate in reply to mfamilias

Those are really kind words mfam,, thank you so much! I will keep you posted x


This is simply wonderful news. One of the most special gifts ever. :)

May her recovery be, slow, steady and sure. Much love to you x

Millsie-JGraduate in reply to Oldfloss

Thank you OldFloss xxx yes slow and steady is the way!


What fabulous news that she's recovering so well and that you were able to run with her today, what a lovely start to the year.

Millsie-JGraduate in reply to Hidden

I could not ask for a better new year pressie henpen x


Excellent news Jacs! Will be interesting to hear how she improves as she goes on..😊

Millsie-JGraduate in reply to davelinks

Thanks Dave, she downloaded the Laura podcasts onto her Samsung phone using instructions you had posted recently, thank you for your knowledge and input xxx


Fantastic , so well done both of you


What a special run for both of you :)


Such a wonderful post, Jacs. I'm so happy for you both

Millsie-JGraduate in reply to AncientMum

Thanks AM. Its been a long journey but getting there now fingers crossed xxx


Heck Jacs, needed a hanky, leaky-eye warning! Beautiful post. Simply wonderful that she's recovering so well and I'm sure it's in no small measure down to your support. Hugs to you both for the year ahead xxx

Millsie-JGraduate in reply to McFitty

Thanks McF! Love those hugs x


As an ex-renal / haemodiaylsys nurse, I know exactly what your daughter has gone through and what an achievement this is. A day to remember for you all. What an inspirational girl and I can hear how proud you are in your post.

Millsie-JGraduate in reply to Doone

I take my hat off to you Doone, the renal experts we have worked with during past 18 years have all been truly wonderful and such experts in their field. Thank you xxxx

DooneGraduate in reply to Millsie-J

Bless you Jacs thank you. In my 15 years, I have met some truly inspirational people and their families. I still have lots of nurse friends in our field, so I love to hear of people's post transplant success. I wish your daughter continued success in her goals. Just wonderful. That's made me smile.


This is so lovely Jacs, precious moments ...

All the very best on her continued recovery xxx

Millsie-JGraduate in reply to poppypug

Thanks pops! The hospital are encouraging her to consider entering the transplant games going forward, gymnastics is her loved sport but she has needed to move to coaching over recent times, and her consultant is not really keen on her performing gymnastics going forward. But there are losts of sports included in the games if she decided to go for it. At the moment recovery is the priority πŸ˜€πŸ‘πŸΌ

Fabulous. Just fabulous. Well done both. x

Fantastic❀️ Beautiful story. You had me tearing up a bit there.

Millsie-JGraduate in reply to PippiRuns

Thank you Iben, it will always be my special run x


Oh that's absolutely wonderful. Brought a tear to my eye & a smile to my face.

Thank you so much for sharing your best run ever. πŸ˜€

Wow just wow, so inspirational. I bet it felt great to have her by your side for your run. Happy running to you both.

Millsie-JGraduate in reply to Realfoodieclub

Thanks rfc, onward and upward for you and yours sweetie x


Oh that is so lovely to read. Best wishes to your daughter and wish her a smooth recovery <3


Sounds great Jacs, well done to you both and thanks for sharing this.


Fab, fab news! Kidney transplants are hard but amazing. Hope your daughter continues to recover well & look forward to hearing of further joint exploits in the future :-)


Oh that must have been the best run for both of you. How truly inspirational and my heart goes out to you and your amazingly courageous daughter. Big hugs and high fives to you both! πŸ€—πŸ€—βœ‹πŸ»βœ‹πŸ»X

Millsie-JGraduate in reply to Flossie22

Thanks Flossie xβœ‹πŸΌβœ‹πŸΌπŸ‘ŒπŸΌ

Oh that's great jacs! Very moving post. You must be so happy to see your daughter getting back to good health. Well done to both of you on your fantastic run! xx


Having lost my husband's aunt last year at 80 several decades later than would have been the case were it not for a kidney transplant (and knowing that he has a sister and niece who may need them in the future), I know this is a big deal.

It is so lovely that she wanted to share this special run with you - and utterly amazing how fast she went (she's faster than me)

Millsie-JGraduate in reply to GoogleMe

She is faster than me too, but has long legs and is half my ageπŸ˜€ When she walks she is now back to faster than me for the same reason. I am the short a... in the family so im stuck with it, hey ho πŸ˜‚

Im just so glad things are picking up for us as a familyπŸ‘πŸΌ


So, so happy for you both. Feeling quite teary. Beautiful post.

Such good news Millsie-J. I could just imagine the two of you sharing that run and felt your joy and relief as a mother of such a precious daughter come shining through. I hope she continues to flourish and you enjoy many more such moments.

Feeling all emotional now...😊

Happy New Year. xxx

Millsie-JGraduate in reply to Bluebirdrunner

Thank you for your kind words Jan.

Happy new year to you too!

As others have stated, a wonderfully moving and inspirational post, Jacs.

It's little wonder you felt compelled to share with us your sense of relief and happiness that your daughter is showing real signs of recovery.

Millsie-JGraduate in reply to MrNiceGuy

Thanks MNG

Happy new year!


What a lovely start to the new year. Hope you have a smashing 2017.

Millsie-JGraduate in reply to Maddee_6333

Thank you Maddee! Happy new year to you too!

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