Russian influencer and entrepreneur Miroslava Duma, 34, has revealed she has a ‘rare lung disease’ and was told she had seven months left to live.
The founder of Buro 24/7 has not named the specific disease with which she has been diagnosed, writing a powerful post on Instagram about how the illness has changed her perspective on life and existing online.
Miroslava wrote: ‘Earlier this year I was diagnosed with a rare lung disease, and given 7 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 fashion editor explains that being diagnosed with lung disease made her realise how much she loves life and question the way she was living.
‘I suddenly stopped running the marathon and realized how much I love life, how beautiful our world is and how much I want to stay here,’ she wrote. ‘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.
‘My entire life I was seeking approval and obsessing over “likes” both in the physical and virtual worlds, without realizing that I actually had to learn how to “like” myself first.
‘Years of self-criticism and doubt, stress, dieting, physically, mentally and emotionally pushing and pushing myself got my immune system to collapse and I had made myself fatally sick.
‘I now realise that these past months were also the most creative months of my entire 34 years.
‘Yet success to me today is not measured by external indicators anymore, but by what’s inside. It is measured by my own health, and the health of those I love. It is measured by how I choose to contribute to the world.
‘For the past two years, the Universe caused me to experience a number of remarkably serendipitous events that sometimes felt surreal; like how a silly mistake, made by my lawyer, led me to an early diagnosis, and gave me a chance to live. I saw signs everywhere. As if someone was telling me: “don’t give up”.
‘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.
‘And most importantly: Thank you to all the wonderful people in my life, I love you with all my heart (and my lungs).’
Miroslava has not said what treatment she has received or shared her current prognosis, but does suggest she’s in recovery.
Her Instagram post has received comments from members of the fashion industry including Nina Garcia and Yiota Kouzoukas.
Miroslava first came to fashion fame by rising on the street style scene while doing freelance work for Vogue Russia and other publications.
In 2011 she founded her own lifestyle website, Buro 24/7, then in 2017 created Future Tech Lab, an investment company.
Last year Miroslava came under criticism for sharing a photo of a bouquet of flowers sent to her by designer Ulyana Sergeenko, which came with a note reading: ‘To my n*****s in Paris’.
Miroslava apologised at the time, writing: ‘I sincerely apologise for my regrettable Instagram story that went out
‘The phrase referenced is from a Kanye West and Jay-Z song by the same title. The word is utterly offensive, and I regret promoting it and am very sorry. I deeply respect people of all backgrounds and detest racism or discrimination of any kind.’