Local woman completes 4th Comrades Marathon despite cancer struggle

Local woman completes 4th Comrades Marathon despite cancer struggle

Elize Pelser is a resilient and determined woman who won't let cancer stop her from living her best life. She's a marathon enthusiast who also runs trials in her free time. Elize leaves doctors speechless.

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Despite the return of breast cancer that has now spread to her bones, Elize (Moksie) Pelser is living a full and exciting life.

News24 reports that Elize actually takes the wind out of her doctors' sails with her adventurous lifestyle.

The 47-year-old completed her first Comrades in 2013 - the same year she learnt that her breast cancer (first diagnosed in 2007) had come back.

This time it had spread to her bones. But far from giving up, Elize is living a life busier than most of ours.

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Since 2013, Elize has finished 3 Comrades marathons and the cross-country trainer is also taking part in ultra-distance trail-running events.

It sounds like she's planning to tire out the cancer.

Briefly.co.za gathered that Elize sets a goal for herself every year - it is her way of celebrating being alive.

“After four Comrades I wanted a different challenge. Every year I set myself a big goal. To me it’s celebrating that I’m alive."

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Despite her energetic attitude, Elize has been through a lot.

“I was 35 when I developed a lump in my breast in 2007. It was malignant and I had a full mastectomy, did chemo and all and went into remission."
"In 2013 I completed my first Comrades. But a few months later, getting home from cycling one day, it felt as if my breast bone and back were breaking."
"The cancer was probably already in my skeleton, but for a while I just continued like that."
"But in December that year I was in so much pain I struggled to lift my arms in aerobics class. I had X-rays done but the problem wasn’t picked up immediately. That’s how in 2014 I received the diagnosis: mamma carcinoma with metastasis to the skeleton . . ."

Elize was told she couldn't continue with her very active lifestyle. She had to tone things down.

"The doctor said there was no way I could keep running and cycling – I had to look after myself carefully, because if I fell and fractured bones I’d be in big trouble. I then decided I’d stay away from cycling but keep exercising."

But she wouldn't shy away from the Comrades.

“During 2014 and '15 I mostly supported friends and helped them prepare for the Comrades. But after feeling very depressed one night in 2015 because I wasn’t able run this marathon, I just told myself: come what may, I’m doing the next one."
“I just trained harder and harder . . . and in 2016 I completed the Comrades in 10 hours and 15 minutes. And then again in 2017 in 10 hours and 26 minutes.”

What an inspiration!

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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