Brave Irish mum to run marathon for cancer research after chemo
A brave young mum is defying chemotherapy to raise vital funds for cancer research after she was diagnosed with a rare form of the disease during a pregnancy scan.
Mum-of-one Kristian O'Leary was shocked in January to be diagnosed with Gestational Trophoblastic Disease (GTD).
It is a rare form of cancer that arises when female tissue that normally develops into a foetus transforms instead in the uterus into a tumour.
What makes GTD potentially so dangerous is that in its early stages it can mimic an early pregnancy.
Kristian, who lives in Midleton, Co Cork, was diagnosed when she went for a pregnancy scan.
Her condition was complicated by the fact that it required chemotherapy rather than surgery.
Kristian started a blog about her experiences and is now planning to run the VHI 10k race on June 1 to raise funds for the Irish Cancer Society.
"I was lying in bed one night and I couldn't sleep. I figured I was so lucky to have such energy so I should be using it to help others," she said.
Kristian, a talented violinist, said she drew inspiration in her recovery from the support of her partner Shane Coleman and her daughter Rue.
She has responded well to her treatment.
After the successful completion of her chemotherapy, there will be only a 2pc chance of the illness returning.
Kristian's marathon fund page is www.justgiving.com/Kristian-O-Leary and her blog at www.ruerascal.