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Jane’s Great North 5k Walk Saturday September 8th 2018
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I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia following a car accident in 2015; it has been debilitating and turned my life upside down.
Fibromyalgia, also called fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS), is a long-term condition that causes pain all over the body.
As well as widespread pain, people with fibromyalgia may also have: increased sensitivity to pain, profound fatigue (extreme tiredness), muscle stiffness, difficulty sleeping, problems with mental processes (known as "fibro-fog") – such as problems with memory and concentration, headaches and more.
Prior to this I was a happy, adventurous, enthusiastic, fun mum, sister, daughter and friend; as well as a motivated, successful, independent career woman. I loved the exhilaration of a wild swim & exciting times dinghy surfing with my son. In 2014 I had been training for my first Great North Run and embarked on a new project, setting up an Artisan Market at Vallum Farm.
Following the crash I became physically, psychologically and spiritually challenged; overwhelmed by my symptoms and not knowing what was wrong with me or what to do about it, I was lost, frightened and alone. My days became an endless struggle trying to manage essential tasks while spending the majority of my days in bed to cope with my symptoms.
It has taken years for me to start to regain some quality time in my day; while I continue to spend the majority of my week managing my condition.
My aim now is to focus on the positive achievements I can make in my day whatever challenges I face.
Last year I entered the Great North 5k hoping I would be able to run; I’m not ready for that yet...
I will walk the course, which also coincides with Fibromyalgia Awareness Week the 2nd-9th of September, as a personal challenge and milestone in my wellbeing progress.
To achieve this I have had to gently introduce a paced walking plan to improve my fitness; while aerobic exercise is good for me and a new goal is uplifting, this has meant more pain and exhaustion. I think I am ready to complete the course, it is also very likely this exertion will result in some level of relapse for me. It is necessary to go through this cycle to test my progress and the impact as everyone is unique in how they react.
Hopefully this will contribute to raising awareness of the condition, The Newcastle Fibromyalgia Support Group and raise funds to give something back.
The monthly meetings have been important to me through meeting other members, offering invaluable understanding, information and techniques to manage my symptoms.
If you can take the time to look at the website and learn more about Fibromyalgia this would be a great help to spread the word.
Any donations would be greatly appreciated!
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- 11 days ago
Alison Morton11 days ago
Massive well done to Jane for completing the Great North 5K on Saturday evening, with the help of her good friend Sally! This fundraising page will stay open for the rest of the month, so please do share it far and wide! Living with a chronic illness like Fibromyalgia can be extremely isolating, and by sharing Jane’s story it will bring awareness and support to others 💖 Jane we’re so proud of you, and hope you’re resting after such an amazing, exhausting and painful achievement! Thank you so much to everyone for the donations so far!
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Sep 20, 2018
Thanks to my lovely friend for her donation 🧡
Sep 20, 2018
Thanks to my generous neighbour who donated the gardening fund to support us 🧡
Sep 16, 2018
A great cause, top stuff Jane!
Sep 15, 2018
Well done Jane x
Sep 11, 2018
Hi Jane hope the walk went well and you achieved your goal. Cath
Sep 10, 2018
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