Sarah Murphy was given a life expectancy of just 21 years when she was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis alongside her twin sister Abbey at the age of six.
But the 29-year-old fitness fanatic has defied the doctors to lead a full and active lifestyle as she gears up for the Brecon Carreg Cardiff Bay Run to support lead charity partner Cystic Fibrosis Trust.
A two week admission to Llandough Hospital with a chest infection was never going to stop Sarah from joining hundreds of Team CF runners on the start-line on Sunday 31st March.
And she is hoping to provide a glimmer of inspiration to her sister and everyone else living with the condition by taking on the 10K challenge around Cardiff’s famous Bay.
“I’m really looking forward to the Cardiff Bay Run, I’ve had a chest infection but hopefully I can shake it off and get around the course because it will be a great day,” said Sarah.
“I spent two weeks in Llandough hospital with the same thing back in May but I’ve always made sure I go to my checkups and stay fit to keep the symptoms at bay.
“But it wasn’t until three or four years ago when I really got into fitness and especially weight training. I started adding running and crossfit to my routine and it has helped loads.
“I’ve tried to get Abbey involved but she wouldn’t think about going for a run or doing crossfit, she’s got a dog and goes on a lot of walks.
“Hopefully she will be in the Bay to support me and I can inspire her to do more because my lung function has improved massively since I started running.”
Sarah will be running to raise vital funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust to help drive cutting-edge research, increase standards of care and to support people with the condition and their loved ones every step of the way.
The leading CF charity is the only charity in the UK fighting for a Life Unlimited by cystic fibrosis for the people who live with it, and Sarah has experienced the unwavering support the Trust provide.
“Doctors gave me a life expectancy of 21 years and I’m now 29,” she added. “It’s been tough, a lot of people don’t know about the condition.
“The CF Trust have helped me so much. Because I wasn’t feeling too ill, I felt like I was wasting their time but they embedded it in me that they are here to help.
“They made sure I kept attending my hospital appointments and if I hadn’t then I may have spent longer in hospital.
“There are so many people online now who have CF but lead active lifestyles, they have been a massive inspiration for me.
“It’s incredible what people do, it shows how lucky I have been but if I can help inspire someone else, that would be amazing.”