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It's been eight years since my last challenge living with EDS when I walked 26.2 miles and completed the London Marathon, despite having barely walked more than three miles at a time before in my life due to Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. Despite fracturing my foot on the 13th mile and suffering with a severe chest infection that hospitalised my two weeks before the race, it was the best day of my life and made me realise how essential it is to have strong muscles and strong mind to have the best quality of life possible when living with a chronic illness.
I was diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome in 2004, 12 years after my symptoms began. It simply isn't good enough, we must ensure that people no longer have to wait years to be managed and cared for. It is making people so much sicker than they need to be, it is killing people.
To better manage my symptoms, walking and cycling have now become a regular part of my life and I have decided that the time is right to take up another challenge. Despite all the fantastic progression since we launched The Ehlers-Danlos Society in 2016 with the EDS Global Registry, EDS ECHO, the Hypermobile EDS gene study (HEDGE) and the fantastic work of the International Consortium, there is still so much to be done. We want to get to a time where geography and wealth no longer determine your quality fo life with EDS and HSD. I want to tell people I live with EDS and for them to know what it means.
So this May I have decided to take on two challenges. The first one is to walk 10k of the Thames Path Challenge on September 8th 2019, the most I have walked in one go since the marathon in 2011. The second challenge will be huge for me... I am going to join our Chief Scientific Officer, Prof Fransiska Malfait, in her challenge to cycle from Cambodia to Vietnam in February 2020. Despite various problems from my EDS, I have been given medical clearance to begin training and I plan to reach the finishing line for all of our community, just like I did in 2011, and raise as much awareness as I can.
I raised over £10k in 2011, and this time I want to double it. Help me smash my target of £20,000 so that we can do essential research and change lives. Our strength begins with hope.