Stu aiming to inspire other ME sufferers

By Farnham Herald in Community News

A CHRONIC fatigue syndrome suffer from Farnham is thrilled after being given a place in this year’s London Marathon in aid the Royal National Institute for the Blind.

Part-time duty officer at Farnham Maltings and screenwriter, Stu Laurie, was diagnosed with ME also known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, more than 11 years ago.

Since then it has been a huge roller coaster of a journey for Stu with some significant highs and some horrific lows.

At his best Stu had little to no symptoms for months on end, however at his worst he could barely walk more than 100 metres for six months and was signed off work.

This was at the end of 2015. It led to Stu eventually admitting he could no longer work full time, which is when he gained the part time role at Farnham Maltings.

“At only 30 years old this was a huge shock and a massive wake up call. I was determined to regain my health and transform my lifestyle to maintain my health. I changed my diet to one that is fresher and has higher energy foods,” said Stu.

“I changed my sleep and work patterns and began a slow but steady exercise regime. Slowly and gradually my ME symptoms began to reduce and maintain at a lower level.

“Having now got to a point where I am relatively healthy, I wanted to run the marathon to prove to myself that I could do it and offer hope to other sufferers that there can be a light at the end of the tunnel.”

When offered the opportunity to run the marathon for the Royal National Institute for the Blind, Stu jumped at the chance because it was a way of offering help to others who may not be able to achieve their goals and aspirations through no fault of their own.

Stu added: “I also spent time working for Guide Dogs for the Blind Association and have family members that have had eyesight problems, so it is a cause that has varying links to me.

“I am hoping to do a six-hour cycle outside of the Maltings during a market nearer to the marathon, the date is yet to be confirmed. I really hope this journey can help others to have hope.”

In the run up to the event Stu has been competing in half-marathons, including the popular Farnborough half-marathon. To support Stu see his Virgin Money Giving page at

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Ollie White · 133 days ago · Report

My wife will be running the London Marathon raising funding for Action for ME who support individuals suffering from the disease get support and treatment. You can support them by donating here:

max banfield · 135 days ago · Report

I would like to sincerely thank the editors of the Haslemere Herald for giving me the opportunity to comment on this topic and to leave it open for viewing because in my experience other publications won't allow it to be published, or will give the credit for this method to teams of international experts, To give some more insight into what it was like when I stared 40 years ago as compared to now please read more here Max Banfield

Laura S. · 136 days ago · Report

This is misleading. ME/CFS is not the outcome of poor lifestyle choices. It's a severe, complex disorder of the nervous and immune systems. A tiny percentage of victims, nearly all of them young, may recover their former vigor as Stu did (if indeed he had ME/CFS—it is not widely understood and misdiagnosis is common). For most victims, strenuous exercise of any kind causes pain to spike and savages the little strength they have, possibly irrevocably.

max banfield · 136 days ago · Report

I invented a method of treating my own chronic fatigue in 1976-83 and was asked to design a program for other patients, one of which ran in the City-Bay fun run from Adelaide to Glenelg. Perhaps you can report that I did it long before Stu Laurie in your recent article. Scroll down here to see the news report about the success and the fun run from August 11th 1983

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