Fashion influencer Miroslava Duma is fighting a rare lung disease.
The Russian blogger and businesswoman, who is often spotted sitting on the front row at runway shows, co-founded websites such as Buro 24/7 and The Tot, and is currently the chief executive officer of Future Tech Lab, a venture capital fund which seeks to bring fashion and science together in order to promote sustainability.
Over the weekend, Duma took to social media to share that she has been very ill throughout 2019.
"Earlier this year I was diagnosed with a rare lung disease and given seven months to live. It was crazy scary then, but looking back, I realise that the past few months of recovery were possibly the happiest months of my entire life," the 34-year-old wrote. "I suddenly stopped running the marathon and realised how much I love life, how beautiful our world is and how much I want to stay here. With the people I love. For the first time in my life, I saw the bright blue of the skies. And the beautiful green of the trees. As if I had lived on a different planet before. I wake up happy, just because I can spend one more day here. Not asking for more or trying to run faster."
Duma did not divulge details of her treatment. However, she acknowledged that her turbulent year has caused her to focus on the people of her life that really matter, particularly her husband Aleksey Mikheev and their three young children.
"Today I continue to follow my big dream, and genuinely believe it can help save our planet. No matter what. And against all odds. One day I hope I'll be able to tell you all about it," she insisted. "And most importantly: Thank you to all the wonderful people in my life, I love you with all my heart (and my lungs)."
Duma's post quickly caught the attention of a number of her celebrity fans, including Nina Garcia, Rachel Zoe, and Maria Sharapova, while fashion designer Alber Elbaz wrote, "I just want to hug you and tell you that the love of your amazing husband and beautiful children and maybe all of us that love you made you fight to stay and stand still here in this world. love (and a good doctor) is all we nee️d."
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