Clare Bromley

Isobel & Amy's 15000 ft Tandem Skydive 28/7/21 - bucket list dream for ME

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Biomedical research into seriously underfunded. We need to do more if we are to learn how and why this cruel illness starts - how to test for it or treat it, or better still, how to cure it.


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My name is Isobel Bromley and I have lived with ME for 10 years. I wanted to finally be able to tick something of my bucket list for my 21st and decided a 15000ft tandem sky dive was it!  My best friend Amy ( we have been friends since the age of 5) is joining me on this adrenaline adventure.  The date set is 28th July 2021 but this is weather dependent so fingers crossed xx  

My sister (my rock) wrote this:-

Hello everyone,

Isobel is preparing to tick off one of her life goals. It is exciting, petrifying and thrilling all at the same time.

It is sky diving from a height of 15000ft.  I can’t say her fearless attitude was apparent from birth; anyone who knew little Isobel is aware (or at least heard of) her traumatic experience involving a camel ride, endless tears and even more screaming! Needless to say, Isobel’s bravery has come a long way over the years. She has an unnerving love for horror films, loves roller-coaster rides and is always eager to speak to new people! 

However, her bravery has had to develop due to the constant battle of M.E. Only through Isobel’s experience have I become aware of the cruel nature and the deep struggles that someone with M.E is forced to face. Therefore, in completing this skydive, Isobel wants
to raise money for the M.E community because there is still so much to be done in terms of awareness and research.

Isobel is much more than M.E; she does not let it define her. She is determined, kind, funny, stylish and extremely ambitious. Truly beautiful inside and out. As well as this, she is modest. This modesty can sometimes mask her true experience of M.E.

I have grown to learn that when Isobel says ‘I am fine’ or ‘I am doing good’ that means the headaches are ‘only’ mild today yet constant; my body was aching all day but I was able to walk to the kitchen; my vision only blurred sometimes today and my energy levels were well enough that I was able to plan to do basic things like meals and showers.

I have come to learn that when Isobel has a ‘good’ day (able to meet friends and go out) that means ‘I did enjoy myself but I am dreading the pain my body is going to inflict on me for this’. I have learnt that Isobel’s appearance is by no means a measure of how she is feeling.

Yes, Isobel’s bravery has come a long way over the years: needing to use a wheelchair as a young girl and having to deal with the judgement that comes with it, being turned away from college courses and having to find an alternative route to develop her talent for hair and makeup and being a sociable and friendly young girl yet having to spend the majority of time inside, restricting the chances to meet new people. The injustice of M.E cannot be understated.

In writing a message for this, Isobel found it really difficult to convey her struggles. Unfortunately, there is still a stigma in society surrounding invisible illnesses. Even as her sister,
I am still learning and realising the depth of this debilitating disease.

However, I wanted to write this message so that at least a glimpse of the suffering is captured. The sky dive will mean Isobel has to carefully manage her energy leading up to it and undoubtedly it will plunge Isobel into state that will take much time to recover. But she will have Amy by her side supporting her throughout.

M.E. affects an estimated 250,000 people in the UK and the
impacts of COVID have seen more and more people’s lives detrimentally changed by long term symptoms. 

Monies donated, and collected through this page will go to the Ramsay Research Fund of the M.E Association which funds vital research into M.E. So that Isobel and other people who are affected/suffering from this cruel, long term, life changing illness can hope one day of finding treatment options or even a cure!  The bank of Mum & Dad are paying for the skydive so all money donated will go to the ME Association.

Thank you for your support and happy 21st little sister xxx

About the campaign

Biomedical research into seriously underfunded. We need to do more if we are to learn how and why this cruel illness starts - how to test for it or treat it, or better still, how to cure it.

About the charity

ME Association

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The ME Association campaigns hard to get ME recognised as a severe neurological illness. Our helpline provides essential information and support to adults and children who have ME/CFS, and to their families and carers. We also fund biomedical research into the physical nature and causes of ME/CFS.

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