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Paul Truswell

TrussyTrek 2018

600+ miles solo walked from Dover to Edinburgh for Fibromyalgia Action because FibroWarriors matter! #Fibro2018

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Fibromyalgia Action

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

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Story

If you followed me on social media this might be old news so apologies for that, but if not, you may not be aware that I had to finish TrussyTrek 2018 before reaching my goal of Cape Wrath as planned for May 25. I started to experience problems with the arch structure in my left foot at the halfway stage, having walked 450 miles of the whole route, which became increasingly uncomfortable as I walked the Northumberland coast towards Berwick upon Tweed…

I strapped the foot up with an elastic bandage and then once in Berwick added an arch support, but as the walk progressed north of the Scottish border, discomfort morphed into pain, to the point where I had to listen to what my left foot was telling me! Having walked well in excess of 600 miles I arrived in Edinburgh on May 8, where I was accommodated as planned with my nephew Rob and his wife at their home near Hollyrood Park.  It was there where I decided, reluctantly, that I had to terminate the walk and leave the most demanding part of the journey north of Edinburgh for another time; Scotland would have to wait!

I have no regrets now about stopping the walk when I did. The walk from Dover to Edinburgh was no small achievement and took me to some extraordinary and unexpected parts of the country, and I met some equally extraordinary people along the way. To me England is a big and ever-expanding country, not the small place we are led to believe sometimes. Scotland is equally so, and scenically most would agree, even more beautiful; but Scotland’s high places are also challenging and deserving of respect whether in January or May when the weather can be just as unpredictable. If I am to complete ‘Magnetic North!’ as I entitled the walk to Cape Wrath, then I want to be fit enough to do so and to enjoy it – limping along is not a good way to end such a walk – all being well I’ll be back in Edinburgh next May to have another go!

TrussyTrek 2018 has raised around £3000 for Fibromyalgia Action UK and raised awareness of the condition with many people I chatted with in cafes, pubs, shops, chance encounters on street or path, in and out of towns, and with my hosts. I have learned, even with a dicky left foot, to be thankful that I can walk. For many ‘FibroWarriors’ walking can be a daily and painful challenge. All of them have my respect, thoughts and prayers; I will not forget them.

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