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Kirkby woman aiming to raise awareness of fibromyalgia disease

Carole Renshaw with Jacqueline Appleby  who is seeking to raise awareness of Fibromyalgia

Carole Renshaw with Jacqueline Appleby who is seeking to raise awareness of Fibromyalgia

A PAIR of Kirkby women have launched a campaign to raise the profile of a debilitating condition which leaves sufferers in extreme pain.

Care assistant Jacqueline Appleby suffers from fibromyalgia, a long-term condition which means she is in constant pain and suffers extreme tiredness.

The 40-year-old has been living with the illness for three years, but she was only diagnosed six months ago.

She said: “My own doctor does recognise it, but if there is a younger doctor they don’t seem to know about it. We are just trying to raise awareness for others.

“It’s not a very nice thing to live with. There is constant tiredness, forgetfulness and pain.

“I’m a care assistant so I have to do a lot of moving and handling. A few weeks after being there I’m finding that I’m not well again.

“If I’m on a 12-hour shift it absolutely takes it out of me.

“It makes you slur your speech because in the middle of a conversation you forget what you’re talking about.

“People in shopping centres look at you as if you’re an alcoholic.”

The pair have set up a page on Facebook called Fans of Fibromyalgia and they have also written to Ashfield MP Gloria De Piero and the Health Secretary.

Said Carole: “I started the campaign. Jackie was telling me about it and I started looking into it and everything has gone from there. We just want more recognition f

 

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