As many of you know, over the weekend we had the London Marathon.
I have always had admiration for anyone who has taken part in a long distance run such as a marathon as I just couldn’t run for long distances to save my life. And when I was diagnosed with epilepsy I had a new outlook on exercise and long distance running. Now my exercise is light, and I make sure I don’t overexert myself. So when I witness other people who have epilepsy partake in marathons I think it’s absolutely astounding.
I came across blogger Faye Waddams through Twitter, who not only has epilepsy herself, but ran the London marathon and dedicated each mile to someone who had been effected by epilepsy.
I thought that this was such a selfless and kind gesture. So I wanted to write a blog today to her as I think that she is amazing.
Before the marathon she sent out messages through social media so people could have a mile dedicated to them or a loved one. This is when I realised how good her project was, as it was engaging other people and also spreading awareness of epilepsy.
Not only did she go on to complete the marathon perfectly, but she also released her latest blog thanking her supporters and including the 26 stories of each person for each mile she’d ran.
You can read it here.
She warned that you needed tissues, and she was right! Although I try to keep my blogs as positive as possible to show people that we can get through it, the collection of people’s stories reminds you of just how varied epilepsy can be, and also how life altering and devastating epilepsy can be.
Although each story is brief, some will stay in my mind for a long time.
I think it’s so clever that Faye dedicated each mile for someone. For example I once donated my hair to charity. It was just sent away with the money I raised. I don’t know who it went to or who it helped. Having 26 stories to accompany your mission makes it so much more real and highlights all the people that are affected and who you will be helping.
I’ve also learnt that she has been nominated for the Positive Role Model Award for disability 2017 which is another incredible achievement, so well done Faye!
If you want to visit her donation page then its here!
Thanks for reading