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UK Fibromyalgia Sufferer To Complete Monumental Task
Tuesday 24 March 2015
From UK newspaper the Wells Journal:
Wells muscle disease sufferer to complete monumental task
A WELLS woman is preparing to push through her personal pain barrier to help those facing a daily fight for survival.
Brave Rosina Thomas, who has severe fibromyalgia among a range of health issues, is aiming to walk 10,000 steps a day for a week – the equivalent of many miles – to raise money and awareness for safer water points in African villages.
She is taking part in the event called Walk in Her Shoes, and the distance represents that which women have to walk every day just to collect enough water to survive in some parts of Africa.
As well as fibromyalgia, a disorder that causes muscle pain and fatigue, Rosina suffers with angina.
The 63-year-old said: "I have cognitive and memory difficulties as well as balance and eyesight problems, so it really will be a challenge, even though it won't seem like much to other people. Common sense would tell me not to attempt this, especially as the challenge involves doing the distance every day for a week."
Fibromyalgia sufferers are affected badly by exertion and even a very short walk to the local shop would normally cause Rosina so much pain and exhaustion she would be unable to move for several days.
She added: "I feel so passionate about the plight of these women that I feel that I must try to highlight their hardships, after all, they can't just take a day off if they are in pain or ill – they need to make this walk every single day."
Ms Thomas is intending to walk in and around Wells and will be using a four-wheel walker, as she cannot walk unaided. She will be accompanied some of the time by her carer Amy, of Bluebird Care.
The pensioner added: "I also want to encourage other people to try to push themselves in whatever way suits their personal difficulties. It is too easy to feel so overwhelmed by pain and a feeling of helplessness so it is tempting just to sit in safety at home. But life is for living.
"Age and illness don't need to be the end of life – it can be just the beginning."
Ms Thomas hopes to raise £500 for Care International by completing the monster challenge. Donations can be made online at www.give.everyday hero.com.
The above originally appeared here.
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