Influencer reveals battle with rare lung disease diagnosis: 'I was given 7 months to live'

Francesca SpecterYahoo Style UK deputy editor
Miroslava Duma says she was diagnosed with a rare lung disease earlier this year. [Photo: Getty]
Miroslava Duma says she was diagnosed with a rare lung disease earlier this year. [Photo: Getty]

A Russian woman with 1.6 million Instagram followers has claimed she’s beat a rare lung disease.

Miroslava Duma, 34, shared a heartfelt letter with her social media followers revealing the illness she battled earlier this year.

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The influencer, who is married to entrepreneur Aleksey Mikheev with whom she has three children, said was given just seven months to live following diagnosis.

Duma shared a picture of herself with her Instagram followers, together with open essay detailing what she had been through.

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“Earlier this year I was diagnosed with a rare lung disease, and given 7 months to live,” she wrote.

Princess Alexandra of Hanover, Miroslava Duma and Olivier Rousteing attend the Giambattista Valli show in January 2018 in Paris, France. [Photo: Getty]
Princess Alexandra of Hanover, Miroslava Duma and Olivier Rousteing attend the Giambattista Valli show in January 2018 in Paris, France. [Photo: Getty]

“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.”

Further down in the post, Duma added: “Success to me today [...] is measured by how I choose to contribute to the world.”

It would appear Duma is now in recovery, with her writing in the post that she has been given a “chance to live”.

Friends and followers responded praising her “powerful” words.

“Beautiful and powerful words my dear Mira,” was one comment, while another person wrote, “Wow - what a story. Thank you for sharing.”

“You are my idol. True inspiration. As fashion icon and as a person. Love and hugs,” read another.

A representative for Duma has not yet responded to Yahoo UK’s request for comment.

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Her renewed love for life is apparent from her adventures in recent months, shared on Instagram. Her travels have included trips to Japan; Kazakhstan; the United Kingdom; Italy; and Switzerland, to name but a few places.

Just over a month ago. Duma made a pilgrimage to the Monasteries of Meteora in central Greece, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with her family.

She also visited Capri earlier this year, revealing in a picture caption she had made “a list of things i need to see while I’m still alive”.

She has also given “given back” by investing in Reformation, a sustainable fashion brand, and promoting sustainability through her own company, Future Tech Lab.

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