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 tinyurl.com/hu5hl7m.