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Emotional Maria savours that running feeling

A lady who has described completing her first run since clearing hepatitis C as the "best feeling ever."

Maria Lopatyn ran the Jane Tomlinson 10 kilometre event across Leeds city centre in one hour 33 minutes.

Maria said: "I was crying like crazy afterwards as I could not believe I had done it. Crossing the finishing line felt like a huge weight had been taken off my shoulders.

In May 2014 Maria was told at six months post treatment, she was negative for the virus, achieving sustained viral response (SVR). Since the treatment, Maria has been experiencing the side effects of thyroid irregularity, this makes her very tired.

Maria added: "It was amazing, but not my best day though. Most days I am extremely tired and Sunday was one of days, I don't think my time was bad though."

Maria hopes her run will help to raise awareness around the virus and breakdown stereotypes surrounding the virus: “When I was diagnosed I told everybody. I was surprised that nobody talks about hepatitis C, I wasn’t aware of the stigma that is attached or how little people know about the virus.

“The main thing for me is to raise awareness and to break down some of the stereotypes that surround the virus. If my actions can help just one person I’ll be happy.”

Maria did her run on Sunday 20th July.

Maria after run

Show your support for Maria here: https://www.justgiving.com/Maria-Lopatyn/