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Russell Davies's inspirational story: How I beat my fibromyalgia

Russell Davies will walk a challenge of his lifetime, TheCuthbert's Way which is 64 miles over 4 days, in the summer to raise awareness of and funds for Fibromyalgia Action UK. Russell told us his inspiring story: ‘’I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia 15 years ago and I thought my Life had ended. It took a lot of help from my wife and her giving me a good kick up the bum to make me realise that fibro is not the end. It is manageable with time and understanding you can live a good life.

I started to set goals to do things small at first then bigger ones. My biggest so far is a 64 mile walk in June from Melrose to Holy Island. I don’t want people think I’m preaching because that’s not the point of this. I’m trying show what you can do with a little positive attitude and an ability to see that you can doing things with fibromyalgia.

I’m 19 stone and was looking at a wheelchair at 40 because I’d lost hope. My wife said to me “I’m not pushing you in a wheelchair”. It’s things like that that get your motivated to do better. If you don’t have someone in your life like that, look at finding a group or a community app on your phone something to get you going. It could be one of your goals and remember it’s ok to ask for help.

I’ve been training for about 8 weeks. I’ve find it hard going but very rewarding. There’s nothing more satisfying then a magnificent view at the end of a long walk. I post on Facebook about my walk and take pictures to show people. So far I am walking around 13 miles and hope in the next few weeks to push it to 20 miles.

If you need help Fibromyalgia action UK is here to help.’’

To donate visit Russell’s JustGiving Page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/kainhammer



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