Thank you to everyone who sponsored me for Walk For Endo.
I’ve raised an amazing total of £408 (which includes gift aid donations) thanks to you all for supporting me and this worthy cause. This money is desperately needed to help fund more research into this chronic disease, and just by supporting me, you have also helped to raise awareness.
I documented my own personal experience of having Endometriosis a few years back on my blog: https://geekchic-hq.com/…/the-battle-of-endor-a-geeks…/ and I have continued to suffer with the condition since my last treatment, with recent lockdown restrictions forcing ongoing treatments and consultations to be cancelled. It is a constant struggle to feel positive and well, and the taboo of talking about so-called “women’s problems” continues to make those of us who have this condition to play-down and avoid talking about their symptoms. So when I saw the Walk for Endo fundraiser, I was keen to do my part to try and help other women cope with the disease and to help give the condition more awareness.
Endometriosis UK is doing excellent work to support women across the country, and their focus under this particular campaign is to raise awareness with the aim of reducing the unacceptably long diagnosis period. The Walk for Endo campaign quotes: “it takes on average 7.5 years to be diagnosed with endometriosis – that’s too long! Walk 7.5k with us to support those on the path to diagnosis.” Whilst I was fortunate to have a very speedy diagnosis initially, there is so little understanding of the disease, and no known long-term treatment or cure, which means there are no real prospects of permanent relief for any of us any time soon.
As part of my challenge, I aimed to walk a 7.5k walk each week in July and August. I even managed to get a couple of extra ones in as I extended the challenge into September!
Here is a pictorial summary of the hikes I did with my husband and parents over the Summer. It was such a great experience, and it made me realise how fortunate we are to have such incredible places so close to us to visit.
- Rhossili Down Hillend & Beach (11th July)
- Four Waterfalls Walk (18th July)
- Llandeilo to Dinefwr Castle (25th July)
- Mumbles to Langland (2nd August)
- Quarr Abbey (9th August)
- Ryde Seafront & Appley (multiple times)
- Penllergare Woods (29th August)
- Neath Canal & Abbey (5th September)
- Henrhyd Falls (13th September)
- Kenfig Nature Reserve (19th September)
- Llyn Y Fan Fawr (27th September)
Thank you all once again for all of your love, support and encouragement.