A young Levenmouth woman is determined to give something back to help a charity which represents the breath of life.
Julia MacFarlane, of Kennoway, is running the London Marathon this year for the British Lung Foundation – and friends have described her as “an inspiration” in her efforts to promote the cause.
In 2011, Julia developed a severe case of pneumonia, which became progressively more serious.
She was in hospital for 10 days – four in a high dependency unit – then off work for over two months recovering.
Although she got back on her feet, the trials took their toll on the 29-year-old, who now has painful permanent scarring on her lungs.
But Julia left the ward – and her illness – behind her. Finding that running was the best way to get past the pain, she has committed herself to an intense training regime, which will culminate in tackling the London Marathon in April to raise money for the BLF.
Julia, who now lives in Glasgow, said: “The whole experience gave me an insight into what it must be like for people with serious lung conditions. You take breathing for granted, so it’s terrifying when you find it’s causing you trouble.
“Running the marathon is exciting, but the most important part is raising money to fight lung disease so no-one has to fight for breath.”
A BLF spokesman said Julia had become “a bit of a superstar” in the build-up to the race and added: “She is an inspiration.” You can donate to Julia’s fund at www.justgiving.com/Julia-MacFarlane3.