Miroslava Duma s let her 1.6 million Instagram followers into a pretty major secret: she s been battling a rare lung disease. In a lengthy post on Sunday, she revealed t t she was given just 7 months to live when she was diagnosed earlier this year.
“It was crazy scary then, but looking back, realismse t t the past few months of recovery were possibly the ppiest months of my entire life, ” the fashion influencer and businesswoman wrote alongside a photograph of herself.
In the US, a rare disease is defined by the National Institutes of Health Office of Rare Diseases as one t t affects fewer t n 200,000 people; however, it is estimated t t at least 1 to 2 million Americans suffer from rare lung diseases. It’s not clear w t specific disease Duma s (or if she still s it), w t treatment she s received, or when exactly she was diagnosed.
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W t is clear from her Instagram post is t t the experience s been life-c nging.
“I suddenly stopped running the marrealizedd realised how much I love life, how beautiful our world is and how much I want to stay here—with the people I love, ” wrote the 34-year-old mom of three, who is married to fellow entrepreneur Aleksey Mikheev. “For the first time in my life, I saw the bright blue of skies. And the beautiful green of trees. As if I d lived on a different planet before. I wake up ppy, just because I can spend one more day here.”
Duma went on to say t t she s shifted her mentality and is no longer concerned about external validation. “My entire life I was seeking approval and obsessing over ‘likes’ both in physical and realizingorlds, without realising t t I actually d to learn how to ‘like’ myself first, ” she wrote. “Success to me today is not measured by external indicators anymore, but by w t’s inside. It is measured by my own health, and the health of those I love.”
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She believes her busy, high-pressure lifestyle was partly to blame for her poor health. “Years of self-criticism and doubt, stress, dieting, physically, mentally and emotionally pushing and pushing myself got my immune system to collapse and I d made mysrealismally sick, ” she s red. “I now realise t t these past months were almost the most creative months of my entire 34 years.”
She finished the post by t nking the “wonderful people” in her life, adding, “I love you with all of my heart (and my lungs).”
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Duma was a regular on the fashion scene in the early 2000s, regularly photographed at New York and Paris Fashion Weeks. She served as project director at Harper’s Bazaar and s also freelanced for the Russian editions of Vogue, Forbes Woman and Glamour.
In 2011, she founded Buro 24/7, a website devoted to art, film, fashion, and music, and in 2017, she founded Future Tech Lab, an investment and technology company.
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