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Walk A Mile In My Shoes: Trying On CWTCH's Chronic Illness Symptom Suit

Tuesday 11 December 2018


From Welsh newspaper the Western Telegraph:


David Lynch
Time for a rest: the challenge was unexpectedly tiring.

Walk a mile in my shoes: trying on CWTCH's chronic illness symptom suit

By David Lynch
10th December 2018
©Copyright 2001-2018.

WITH a welly on one foot and a high heel on the other, I stepped out of Tesco’s toilets swathed in a white boiler suit.

As I took up my place on the treadmill I thought how lucky I was that I couldn’t see the faces of the shoppers striding by because of the glasses blurring my vision.

They must have been laughing at me in my too-small gloves, my shoulders festooned in weights and stickers.

This was me wearing the symptom suit, an outfit designed by members of the Pembrokeshire Charity CWTCH.

I was taking on the ‘walk a mile in my shoes’ challenge CWTCH is inviting people to try, which gives a glimpse of what it is like to live with chronic illnesses.


“Many of our members feel at least some of these symptoms in combination,” said CWTCH chairman Barry John from the side lines, “we asked them all to come together and think about what things they live with they wanted others to experience.”

Chronic illnesses include chronic fatigue syndrome (also known as myalgic encephalomyelitis), arthritis, multiple sclerosis, cystic fibrosis, and Crohn’s disease.

These long-term conditions can affect every waking minute of someone’s life.


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