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Fibromyalgia teen Beth Fuller 'gob-smacked' as Mail reader offers her a car

Tuesday 12 August 2014

 

From UK newspaper the Hull Daily Mail:

 

Beth Fuller
OFFERS: Fibromyalgia sufferer Beth Fuller.
 

Fibromyalgia teen Beth Fuller 'gob-smacked' as Mail reader offers her a car

By Kevin Shoesmith
Hull Daily Mail
Posted: August 10, 2014

A young Hull woman battling a condition that leaves her in constant pain has been heartened by offers of a car and a voluntary job.

The Mail told on Friday how Beth Fuller, 17, has suffered from the little-understood condition fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) since she was 12.

Now, a kind-hearted reader, who does not wish to be named, has offered Beth money for a secondhand car and insurance.

He said: "I was really touched by Beth's story that I want to help her get a bit more independence.

"She mentioned in the article that she has to travel to Sheffield for a pain clinic.

"I thought a car might make life a little easier."

FMS can be triggered by "a physically or emotionally stressful event" and Beth believes it was sparked by the divorce of her parents, Steph Khan and Mark Fuller's, when she was aged 12.

"I had a pretty rough time when my parents split up when I was young," said the donor. "It can be hard."

Despite the pain, Beth, who lives with her mum, her sister, Emily, 16, and brother, Charlie, 21 months, works part-time at Gap in Kingston Retail Park.

The donor said he felt Beth should be rewarded for her work ethic.

Beth, who is due to sit her driving test on Monday, said: "I am absolutely amazed by the offer and I can't thank the person enough.

"Being able to drive will give me so much more independence. At the moment I have to rely on my mum to take me everywhere.

"It will also help boost my confidence."

In a further boost for Beth's long-term aim to enter law, Humberside Police is offering her a voluntary job.

Joy Harvie, community and partnership officer in the force's Community Safety Unit, said: "I would like to have a chat with her about becoming a volunteer, which would give her some experience and we could also work around her disability."

Beth, who takes 15 pills a day to cope with agonising pains, said: "I am totally gob-smacked by the support I have received from Mail readers. It's unbelievable. I am close to speechless.

"It really does mean a lot to know people are behind me."

As well as the two practical offers of help, many readers have taken to the Mail's Facebook page to leave messages of hope of support for Beth.

Katie Richardson, 24, told how she is able to empathise, because she has suffered from FMS since she was 13.

She wrote: "I found it hard to cope mentally, physically and money-wise, but I have a great family that supports me.

"I really feel for Beth Fuller. Keep your head up, hun. Stay strong and live life the best you can"

Another sufferer, Alice-Emilia Atkinson, wrote: "I have fibro. It's an awful disease. Absolutely debilitating. You honestly wouldn't wish it on your worst enemy.

"Sending very gentle hugs to this girl. We have our good days and our bad. We are strong."

Support is out there

Hull and East Riding Fibromyalgia Syndrome Support Group meets on the first Friday of every second month.

The next meeting will be held in October at St Nicholas Church Hall, on the corner of Hessle High Road and Pickering Road, west Hull. Call 0844 8872370 or email barber101@barber101.karoo.co.uk for further information.

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