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Six months ago I set myself the goal of summiting the 5 highest mountains in the Uk and Ireland and today I achieved this reaching the top of Ben Nevis. My furry friend also became the highest dog in Britain 😅 🐶
Slieve Donard, Northern Ireland ✅ 850m
Scafell pike, England ✅ 978m
Carruntoohil, Republic of Ireland ✅ 1,038m
Snowdon, Wales ✅ 1,085m
Ben Nevis, Scotland ✅ 1,345m
What some of you may know but most of you don’t is that I’ve struggled with my health on and off for the past while.
I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia 3 years ago. It’s a strange neurological condition that affects your mind, energy, sleep and nerve pain. As of this year tho the doctors and neurologists have been thinking it could be MS (multiple sclerosis). I’m currently waiting on MRI scan dates. Instead of keeping this hidden I thought I may as well put it out there and do something positive with this.
I’m going to try and climb Kilimanjaro. The highest mountain in Africa and the highest freestanding mountain in the world. One of the seven summits.
I also want to raise money for charity for Fibromyalgia in the process.
(I will be funding the whole trip from my own pocket, any money raised will be going straight to the charity ).
It should take me 7 days to reach the summit and I have no doubt it will be the hardest thing I’ve done. Battling with the high altitude. I’m going to give it my best shot and hopefully raise some awareness and funds towards the Fibromyalgia action Uk charity in the process.
Fibromyalgia is a recognised chronic condition of widespread pain and profound fatigue. A common illness with 1.5 million people affected in the U.K. The pain tends to be felt as diffuse aching or burning, often described as head to toe. It may be worse at some times than at others and may also change location, usually becoming more severe in parts of the body that are used most. Add. symptoms often include: unrefreshing sleep, headaches, cognitive disturbances, clumsiness, dizziness, allergies, sensitivity to environmental changes.
The exact cause of fibromyalgia is unknown, but it's thought to be brought on from changes in the way the central nervous system (brain, spinal cord and nerves) processes pain messages carried around the body.
Sometimes severe trauma has been known to cause fibromyalgia. Car accidents can also be a trigger. It's also suggested that some people are more likely to develop fibromyalgia because of genes inherited from their parents.