Earlier this year I decided that I wanted to enter for the London Marathon because a) it is on my bucket list and why not tick it off at 26 b) I fancied taking on a whole new level of challenge after finishing off my professional qualifications whilst in the process getting fit and in shape and c) It is a fantastic opportunity to raise money for a charity which is very close to my heart, the National Eczema Society.
For those of you that know me well, you will know that eczema is a problem that has riddled my life from the very start as I was born with it. Despite countless doctors reassuring me that at some point I would 'grow out of it' I never have and instead I have struggled and continue to struggle every single day both physically and mentally with the effects of atopic eczema all over my body.
I have been through the motions of having countless tests, treatments, creams, diagnostics and even steroid tablets throughout my life to try to alleviate the symptoms and make it more manageable but I've finally come to realise that coping with Eczema is a way of life for anyone that suffers from it and it is the coping mechanisms both physically and mentally that are needed.
The National Eczema Society is a fantastic charity that has helped me personally. It has two primary aims: 1) to support Eczema sufferers (and their carers) with advice and treatment and 2) to raise awareness of the needs of those with eczema with healthcare professionals, teachers and the government. These two aims are exactly what is needed to promote and provide the coping mechanisms required to help people like me to manage with the effects of Eczema.
I have promised to raise £1,500 and to run my legs off for 26 miles on 22 April 2018 for the charity with the view to fulfilling the two aims of the charity itself by supporting the othe Eczema sufferers in the process and by raising awareness of not just Eczema sufferers but also of the charity itself and it's cause.
Any donations irrespective of how small or large would be much appreciated by the National Eczema Society and in return I will vow to give it everything I've got in the run up to the big day and on the day itself irrespective of how hard the journey is! If you fancy coming down to watch and support me along with thousands of others I'm sure it will be an amazing day!
Please don't hesitate to visit their website for more details: http://www.eczema.org