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Lynsey's Dale Head to Catbells

I wish to complete the challenge & raise awareness for Fibromyalgia Action because I wish to help fellow sufferers.

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Fibromyalgia Action

We Provide information and support research to Improve treatment options for FM.

Charity Registration No. 1042582


Hi Everyone, 

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my fundraising page for Fibromyalgia!

I feel it is important to speak honestly in order to raise awareness & hopefully raise some money to donate towards a cause very close to my heart. 

Fibromyalgia hit my life like a nasty flu bug. It zapped all of my energy & strength. I was not independent. I couldn't walk anywhere without support. Those early days were the hardest thing I have ever experienced. This stage of my fibromyalgia lasted for about two years. And after that every year I have been able to do more & more. With hope one day of being able to be more active & able.

One of the hardest things about fibromyalgia is that you may look fine which you certainly don't feel. Your body is constantly being screamed at by your muscles & the fatigue is like your whole body is wading through thick mud just to move to wash or cook tea. Nothing is easy when these symptoms take hold of you..

But the real battle is a mental one, waking up every day unable to move (my legs were the worst) having that set routine of things you can manage before the fatigue or pain gets you, like stretching those muscles, treatments like Physio & myofascial release. You can't give up trying!! Which is why I have gone backwards so many times to such high levels of pain, that all I can do is lay down & cry.

I never thought I would be able to climb a mountain again that's for sure but I was wrong!!

So nearly 6 years on after a lot of battling, I am at a place where things are more manageable than not, however the pain & fatigue are still heavily in my life. I am proud to say I mostly achieve more than I don't now so it feels like the right time to push myself, give something back and raise some money.

The walk I plan to do is in the Lake District It is a 15km (9.2 miles) hike of four summits of Catbells, Maiden Moor, High Spy & Dale Head and a ascent of up to 754 metres. Just to give you an idea, the average hiking time for a healthy person to hike this route is around 5.5 hours. There is also a map shown for your information. 

I have previously attempted this walk a couple of years ago and it was so tough for my pain levels. Through a lot of tears, my legs locking up, muscle spasms and and one of my biggest issues for me which was my fatigue, I got closer to the final peak (Catbells), but unfortunately the fatigue and pain just got too much and I couldn't finish it. Although to get as far as I did made me very proud, I was so disappointed to have not finished. Since then I have thought a lot about how this walk is incomplete and I am now making this my mission to complete it!!

In September 2017, I intend to finish this goal of mine and complete this walk for myself & my on going battle with Fibromyalgia but at the same time hope to raise awareness for a cause that helps my fellow fibro sufferers. 

To fellow fibromyalgia sufferers - I send so much love to you & your recovery, the charity I am raising for now have a support helpline and they can offer advice & support to all of you.

Any support or donations you can offer at this time would be appreciated more than you know.

Thank you very much for taking the time to read my story.

Lynsey xxx