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Dan Bradshaw: Why I am fundraising for FMA UK

My mum first became ill with fibromyalgia about 11 years ago. We didn’t know what it was, it wasn’t diagnosed until a couple of years later as she had other health issues that doctors believed what could be causing her pain, exhaustion and complete lack of energy. As a nurse who was regularly on her feet, the condition stopped her from working as there were some days where she had no energy to even get out of bed. However, through persistence  and determination over the past decade she has managed to get back to work and even do some regular gentle exercise

Me and my mum used to run regularly together, however it is too uncomfortable for her now as she suffers from hip pain if she’s on her feet too long. I’m running the Brighton marathon this year to help raise awareness about fibromyalgia as there are so many people who have never heard of the condition, let alone know what symptoms include and how it can affect people’s daily lives. Whilst my mum has improved dramatically, she still suffers from hypersensitivity, joint and muscle aches (particularly in the shoulders and hips) and profound fatigue. As she used to be extremely active this can be frustrating as there are days she wants to go out and exercise but her body won’t allow it

Fibromyalgia is draining both physically and mentally for all people that suffer with the condition and by running a marathon this year I hope I can raise money and awareness that will hopefully lead to more effective treatment and understanding

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