Adam Higgins, a racing driver from Chippenham who won multiple championships during over 10 years of racing, will be raising awareness about fibromyalgia during the Michelin Ginetta Supercup. Adam is raising funds to raise awareness about fibromyalgia to over 20 million people during the championships. Adam said: ‘’I am a British Motor Racing Driver and this year I will be competing in the Michelin Ginetta Supercup held in Britain on the British Touring Car Championship Calendar. For 2017 I am moving to a higher level category of racing and see it as a unique opportunity to use the car as a tool to spread awareness to people that are unaware of fibromyalgia.
More than one person close to me have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia in the last few years. Upon researching it myself, I started to realise just how many people are being affected by this disease.
As it is a fairly new disease to be diagnosed, the symptoms are often misunderstood. One day a sufferer could be absolutely fine, but the next day have a 'flare up' which can render the sufferer bed ridden and in complete agony!
The Championship that I am competing in has a huge following with a combined 20.9 million TV viewers on ITV4 over one year. This combined with a combined 385,000 spectators live at the circuits, means that there is a massive amount of people that see the cars.
My plan is to use the car as a great tool for running an awareness campaign, so that millions of people can become aware of Fibromyalgia.
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A Virtual Runner company, virtualrunneruk.com, which sends out medals to runners on their request, will support FMA UK in February – all you need to do to be a part of it is to sign up before 24 February for a medal – or if you can’t run yourself, spread the word to those who run!
Here is more information from the Virtual Runner: ‘’We are challenging you to run, walk and/or cycle as many km as you can between 15th February and 21st February. You can break this challenge down into as many events as you like to earn your medal!
Can we together reach the stars? Submissions are required online by 12 noon on 24th February to claim your medal. The race charity is FMA UK and they will receive a minimum of 20% of every entry fee.’’
To sign up for the star medal go to: https://www.virtualrunneruk.com/product/reach-stars-challenge/
A Virtual Runner company, govirtualrunner.co.uk, which sends out medals to runners on their request, will support FMA UK in February – all you need to do to be a part of it is to sign up in February for a medal – or if you can’t run yourself, spread the word to those who run!
Here is more information from the Virtual Runner: ‘’February Medal Race. We have just the thing to help you get over the Winter Blues - Our February 2017 medal race. All you have to do to earn this fantastic medal is sign up, run either 5km, 10km or half marathon and then send us your proof*. We will then send it in the post. Remember 30% of the entry fee goes to Fibromyalgia Action UK and all the great work they do. You can do the distance Anytime, Anywhere it does not matter and that is the beauty of a Virtual Run you can do it in your local park, before or after work, after you have picked the Children up from School, you decide.’’
To read more and to sign up go to: http://www.govirtualrunner.co.uk/medal-races/
Julie Herbert is making fantastic handmade jewellery and gifts while raising funds for FMA UK. Julie told us why she decided to raise funds for FMA UK through making jewellery:
‘’I started to raise funds for FMA UK because I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome a few years ago now. It all started eight years ago when I had my daughter. It was my first baby yet the labour and birth wasn’t how it was planned (never is, is it?). The birth was quick for my first baby, a few things went wrong. I wasn’t allowed any pain relief or gas and air as they said I was too far gone. I ended up with a third degree tear, which I went into surgery after the birth. Yet what we didn’t know at the time was due to everything being quick and I feel a few mistakes on the midwives side my coccyx bone had moved to the left hand side. This I noticed a few weeks after recovery that I still could not sit properly yet it wasn’t the tear or stitches that we’re hurting me. Doctors said as everything is soft due to delivery it will all correct itself within time.
Unfortunately this never happened, Doctors dismissed my concerns for months yet I kept on complaining. I was in severe pain with my coccyx, I couldn’t sit for long or sit properly I had to sit on an angle just to relieve some of the pain I was experiencing. I couldn’t stand for long or lay in bed without rolling over with tears rolling down my face. I carried on at the Doctors but as my third degree tear hadn’t healed correctly I was back in surgery to remove excess scar tissue. This meant my coccyx problem was dismissed even longer until I was fully recovered again.
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Lizi shared with us her moving story and why she has embarked on sposnored sliming for FMA UK: ‘’I started feeling unwell when I was 13 with a headache (I was never ill before then not even with a childhood illness). We thought it was the school head virus that I had caught but the headache never went away! I am now 49 years old!
Af first when the headache never went my mum thought it was fear of my strict Sardinian dad, who I was scared of and whom mum and I needed to keep secrets from to stop him from going mad with anger. It’s amazing how keeping stuff in and not saying what you really want to can affect your mental and physical health.
My mum had an accident with me when I was 2 and fell backwards out of a pram and needed stitches to the back of my head - they say Fibromyalgia can be due to emotional of physical trauma - both of which I had been going through! My dad said my head pain was because I was “crazy” and that mental health problems should not exist in our family as it was a bad thing not to be talked about ( although now grown up with my own kids I can see how dad was probably mentally ill to due to his past but would never show it).
From the day I got my first headache I had to go through all my exams with this daily pressure and my mum pushed me in my exams (but in a good way!) and when I failed I psyched myself up for hours thinking how would I tell my dad without him going mad - but actually he liked it when I did come to him.
I then got all the childhood illnesses from then and through university as my immunity seemed low.
I never really knew what was wrong with me though so my mum took me to spine specialists, chiropractors, osteopaths, surgeons to try and help a little but nothing helped (and I felt like I would somehow be lost without my headache as it was all I know!!).