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Wirral girl defies ME illness to set sponsored walk challenge

Saturday 26 March 2011

Charly Poole with boyfriend Matty Warrington and grandmother Joan Poole
Charly Poole with boyfriend Matty Warrington
and grandmother Joan Poole.

The UK's Wirral News reports:


Wirral girl defies ME illness to set sponsored walk challenge

Mar 22 2011
By Jane Clare

A TEENAGER who was diagnosed with ME at the age of 13 is to set aside her illness and take on a mountain-walking challenge.

Charly Poole, from Wallasey, is determined to raise money for the ME Association ... to help others who also suffer from the illness.

In July she wants to walk up Moel Famau in north Wales to raise as much cash as she can.

Charly, 17, said: "To a healthy person, walking up Moel Famau may seem little and ‘easy’ but for someone suffering from ME it’s like hell and could make me bed-bound for weeks.

"But I am determined to complete this goal for myself and for the charity."

When Charly was first diagnosed with the illness, she didn’t know what it was.

Commonly, a previously fit and active person finds their illness is triggered by an infection. The biggest symptom of ME – also called chronic fatigue syndrome – is usually severe fatigue.

Says Charly: " I thought it was the flu and I’d get over it in a couple of days. I was going to school normally for about five months but I slowly started getting more tired.

"I used to be so energetic, I was so up; but suddenly I got this illness and it took me about a year and a half to be diagnosed.

"I’d had a severe viral infection for about a month, but about a week after I’d had it I wanted to get back to normal. I didn’t want to be in the house, I wanted to go out, so I was forcing myself to go out and see my mates."

Charly continued: "ME is horrid, but I just have to accept that that’s the way things are for me. I cant concentrate for long at all.

"I ache a lot I get a really achy spine and I my legs. My sciatic nerve is constantly painful.

"My memory is dreadful.

"If it gets really bad the muscles in my legs tighten up and I can’t move or straighten them.

"I have relapsed a lot this year, which means I go bed-bound for about two days. Then it takes about two weeks for me to fully get out of it."


The full article can be found here.



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