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Michelle Birks runs the Edinburgh marathon

Michelle told us: ‘’This is my first ever marathon and I'm very proud to say that I am running to raise money for Fibromyalgia Action UK.

I know two people very dear to me who are affected by this disease, so I am very happy to be helping them by raising both money and awareness. A lot of people don't know much about Fibromyalgia - and it wasn't until a few years ago that I found out about it too! My mother in law suffers daily with it and it prevents her from living her life in a normal way like many of us. Simple tasks are made difficult and extremely painful. She does a great deal of things for us, especially given her condition and I feel that running a marathon for her is only the beginning of our gratitude, but it's the least I can do! She's an unsung hero.

One of my closest and oldest friends has also been diagnosed with this dreadful disease not too long ago. I can imagine that at the age of only 26, being unable to work for a living, unaware of the full extents of your illness & how your future will pan out is simply terrifying. She's one of the stronger people I know who gets on with it with a big smile on her face and takes each day in her stride. 


Please consider those who are less fortunate than yourselves, who have their lives controlled by these invisible diseases and donate to this very worthy cause. Every pound counts towards research and awareness and is one step towards helping people live with Fibro. It of course also helps motivate me for my biggest challenge yet, to complete a marathon. Only 1% of people complete a marathon in their lifetime and I'll be very happy to cross the line and become one of those people!

To donate text BIRK89 plus your pledge amount to 70070

Visit Michelle’s JustGiving page: https://www.justgiving.com/Michelle-Birks1204

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