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Phoebe's Global Challenge Has A Vital Message For Everyone

Tuesday 11 April 2017


From UK newspaper the Grantham Journal:


Phoebe Howlett
Phoebe Howlett

Grantham Journal Big Interview: Phoebe’s global challenge has a vital message for everyone

April 9, 2017
© 2017 Iliffe Media Publishing Ltd. All rights reserved.

Former KGGS student Phoebe Howlett, 24, is about to embark on an incredible journey - to visit every country in the world. The aim is to highlight the ‘invisible’ illness which she suffered and gender equality.

Can you describe the illness and events which led to you deciding to take on the challenge of visiting every country?

It was a slow realisation process for me over the course of two years pretending I was still healthy, looking back now it was so obvious I wasn’t well. I wasn’t ill enough to stop me from doing most things, but I wasn’t well enough to really go for everything like I wanted to. I go into more detail of the individual instances that made me realise how ill I truly was on my website ( but it took six months for doctors to diagnose me with PoTS and M.E., in June 2015. PoTS, or Postural Tachycardia Syndrome, is an abnormality of the functioning of the nervous system. To be diagnosed with PoTS, an individual must experience a heart rate increase of 30bpm while standing – my resting heart rate was 67, while my standing heart rate was 111. M.E., or Myalgic Encephalomyelitis is a chronic fluctuating nervous system condition that causes symptoms affecting almost all body systems, but namely the nervous and immune systems.


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