People of parkrun: Melissa

Be inspired by Melissa's story, showing how mental resilience can guide you past adversity.

Name: Melissa Chatley

Local parkrun: Claisebrook Cove, WA

Attending since: August, 2014

“I’ve been a runner most of my life,” says Melissa, a project officer and occupational therapist from Inglewood WA. “Some of my friends had been attending parkrun, and I liked the idea of a weekly, five kilometre timed run.”

Life threw a major hurdle at the 34 year old mother of two in December 2014, when she had already been attending parkrun regularly with her husband and young daughter. While 19 weeks pregnant with her second child, Melissa was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma.

That wasn’t going to stop Melissa from staying active though. In between a gruelling six cycles of chemotherapy over three months, Melissa still turned up to parkrun every week. “I managed to run a few times with my husband and young daughter,” she remembers, “and when I couldn’t run, I volunteered.”

“The parkrun community has had such a positive impact on my recovery.”

In April 2015, Melissa gave birth to their second child. “I’ve not needed any further treatment,” she says. “And now I’ve been cancer-free for almost a year and a half.”

She credits parkrun, both the runners and volunteers, with contributing to her recovery. “I had so much support from the people at Claisebrook Cove. It was amazing,” she says. “parkrun and the parkrun community have had such a positive impact on my recovery.”

Melissa still attends parkrun at Claisebrook Cove each Saturday morning, accompanied most weeks by her eldest daughter. Eighteen cancer-free months later, she’s now feeling stronger and fitter than ever. “I’ve completed a total of 58 parkruns and I’m running personal best times over the five kilometre course now,” she says. ”It feels amazing. I’ve never been happier.”


Start your own parkrun story this September with Personal Better Day

Medibank is proud to partner with parkrun all around Australia. On 3 September 2016, head on down to your local parkrun for Personal Better Day, set yourself a challenge and experience for yourself how good it feels. It’s not about performance – it’s about fun and celebrating everyone crossing the finish line.

Take the first step and find out more about Personal Better Day.

Recommended reading - Issue Thirteen Spring 2015

Community

7 products to recharge your health

Here’s 7 products to kickstart your spring journey towards a fresh, healthy and energised lifestyle.

Read more
Community

To market, to market

With a shared passion for beautiful produce, Talia Smith and Lorraine Borg are partners in taste.

Read more
Community

Three Blue Ducks: Real food

Chef Mark LaBrooy on fresh spring flavours and everyday wellbeing

Read more
Community

Straight from the source

A peek inside a flourishing Melbourne bulk wholefoods store – and the couple who brought it to life

Read more
Lifestyle

A bush escape

Escape to Dunkeld for a rejuvenating blend of wholesome food, local history and the great outdoors

Read more
Lifestyle

Why we should grow our own food

A word from Herbert Peabody, the much-loved farmer in Bianca Ross’s lovely children’s book series.

Read more
Experts

How to reduce your baby’s risk of food allergies

Here’s how you can lower your child’s risk of food allergies and intolerances

Read more
Experts

Personalised medicine

Personalised medicine is promising: Here’s how genome sequencing changes the future of healthcare.

Read more
Community

Guy Andrews: Fit for life

Former Ironman Guy Andrews talks about how he's kept fit after competition and offers advice.

Read more
Recipes

Seared squid with farro and chorizo salad recipe

A bright and colourful salad just bursting with spring flavour

Read more
Recipes

Chia pudding with coconut and yoghurt recipe

Prepare this beauty the night before and enjoy topped with fresh berries

Read more
Community

Starving Artist: Sara Zin’s delicious drawings

Beautiful illustrations and scrumptious recipes go hand in hand for artist and foodie Sara Zin

Read more

For full functionality of this site it is necessary to enable JavaScript. Here are instructions on how to enable JavaScript in your web browser.