Thank you so much to Victoria Turrell who is running a solo Christmas Day marathon to support Lyme Disease UK. Please read her story below and support her via her fundraising page here. We’ll be cheering you on across the miles!
Hi there 🙋♀,
My name is Tori. I will be running a pretty challenging marathon on Christmas Day. I am currently out in Lanzarote for a few months – I am a little bit of a globe hopper!
There are a lot of things I want to do to give back and to support what I can in this crazy world we live in. There is one area of awareness in particular that I am looking to get behind, due to my Mum suffering from Lyme disease. My mum has been housebound for pretty much the last 8 years.
I could write a book on how horrific her journey has been, however, I will be sharing our family’s story with her soon on my social media in the near future. It’s been extremely tough for us as a family to witness and it breaks my heart knowing that there isn’t a magic wand to take it all away.
On the plus side, over the last year and a half, she has been able to manage it with various Lyme disease self-treatments and diets. I am super proud of my mum for never giving up and not letting it beat her.
As we know, there is no treatment for chronic Lyme in the UK nor is it recognised in the UK within the NHS. This leaves many people suffering long-term, and being both physically and financially dependant on others.
Before Lyme, my mum Julia enjoyed hiking, running, and being independent. She was known for being glamorous with her makeup and hair.
My mum juggled a lot and enjoyed her busy life, running and my siblings and me to our various hobbies, whilst working full time. Looking back, I never really understand how she fitted it all in. 😂
As I child I never went without the help and support I wanted/needed, and Mum would always be there.
She has always believed in me, even in recent years when I started my business venture.
I’ve witnessed my mum lose a lot over the last few years, the main factors being her confidence and independence – things we all take for granted. If there is one positive I can take from this is that it’s given me a completely different outlook on life – again another topic I could write a book on!
On Christmas Day, I am going to be running 26.2 miles across rocky terrain and volcanic mountains. If anyone knows Lanzarote, it’s built on levels so it’s extremely hilly around here. I am yet to map my route out but I imagine it’s going to take me around 6 hours to complete, giving my running experience.
I am extremely nervous but excited!
Thanks again Victoria for choosing to support Lyme Disease UK and please sponsor her valiant effort via her fundraising page here.