Berita - January 8, 2020

Making the most of life

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It is possible to walk, jog, run, volunteer or spectate at parkrun despite living with a life-long medical condition. Norashikin Ismail tells us how she is part of the parkrun community…

 

Norashikin, from Presint 18 parkrun, has Thalassemia trait. She explains what this means:

 

“I carry the Thalassemia gene, which makes me vulnerable to being anaemic. I’m often pale and it’s more challenging for me to run due to tiredness, dizziness or difficulty breathing.”

 

Norashikin didn’t always find support from the medical profession for running but was encouraged by her friends at parkrun,  particularly, Kak Rosnita and Kak Azzah, who were both great motivators.

 

“I listen to my body when considering joining parkrun and if I don’t feel up to walking or running, I know I can always volunteer.”

 

Norashikin loves volunteering and, in particular, cheering people along the way. She also enjoys encouraging people to come along and try parkrun by emphasising its many benefits.

 

“parkrun has given me so much – fitness, happiness and an opportunity to socialise. I’ve made lots of friends. It has become my children’s hobby too and even though they also carry the Thalassemia gene, this is not holding them back.”

 

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Tidaklah mustahil bagi seseorang yang memerlukan perhatian dari segi kesihatan sepanjang hayat melibatkan diri dengan berlari, berjalan kaki, menjadi sukarelawan atau menyaksikan parkrun. Norashikin Ismail bercerita bagaimana dia menjadi sebahagian daripada komuniti parkrun…

 

Norashikin, dari Presint 18 parkrun, mempunyai penyakit genetik Talasemia. Dia menerangkan serba sedikit tentangnya.

 

“Saya membawa gen Talasemia, yang membawa kepada anemia. Saya sering dalam keadaan pucat dan amat mencabar untuk saya berlari kerana aktiviti ini menyebabkan saya keletihan, pening atau mendapati sukar untuk bernafas.”

 

Norashikin tidak selalu mendapat sokongan daripada profesion perubatan untuk berlari tetapi mendapat sokongan hebat daripada rakan-rakannya di parkrun, khususnya Kak Rosnita dan Kak Azzah yang sentiasa menggalakkannya.

 

“Saya mendengar dan memahami keadaan tubuh badan saya ketika berlari parkrun dan jika saya tidak dapat berlari, saya sentiasa boleh menjadi sukarelawan.”

 

Norashikin suka menjadi sukarelawan dan khususnya, memberikan sokongan dan sorakan di sepanjang jalan. Dia sering menggalakkan orang ramai untuk datang dan mencuba aktiviti parkrun dengan menekankan manfaatnya.

 

“parkrun telah memberi saya banyak manfaat – kecergasan, kegembiraan dan peluang untuk bersosial (saya telah membuat banyak kawan). Ia juga menjadi hobi anak-anak saya dan walaupun mereka juga membawa gen Talasemia, ia tidak menjadi penghalang mereka.”

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