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Amanda Nelson

Amanda Nelson

The 2.6 Challenge

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Total raised so far£0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Target£0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p][b]All money raised will be split between the NHS and CRPS UK[/b][/p][p]Over the last ten years, I have much to thank the NHS for, including: ENT, Orthopaedics, Prosthetic Physiotherapy, Rheumatology Physiotherapy and my fabulous GP.[/p][p]As a result of their unwavering support, I am now able to walk again after 9 years of being in a wheelchair.[/p][p]During this current Covid-19 Crisis, my prosthetic Physiotherapist, Sarah, has been redeployed to work on the frontline in respiratory care in another hospital. Also, one of CRPS UK's trustees, who medically retired because of CRPS and who returned to do research recently, was at the start of the Covid crisis, required to return to her former position as a Consultant Pharmacist in ICU, to work with Covid patients.[/p][p]While I am in the comfort of my home, watching what is going on here in the UK and indeed the rest of the world, both Sarah and Cathy with all the other NHS staff are fighting on the frontline each day, risking their lives in order to save ours.[/p][p]On a personal note and with all of the above in mind, I have decided to set myself a challenge of walking 3 and a half miles everyday, for 26 consecutive days, regardless of the weather, with my trusty companion and support dog, Dyson. Whilst this distance for many people is like a walk in the park, for me, it is quite a challenge, as I would normally only walk 3 and a half miles over a few days.[/p][p]I had my left below knee amputation, on the 27th September 2018. Unfortunately, there were a number of setbacks, which prevented me from progressing as quickly as I would have liked, and I spent a further 7 months in my wheelchair. As a result of the 9 years spent in a wheelchair, I have developed osteoporosis of the femurs and currently undergoing a nine week programme for this, to strengthen my bones.[/p][p]A year ago this month, I received my first prosthesis but I have only been walking independently (without the use of crutches/a stick) for 8 months, and still learning. It has been a tough road, physically and mentally, going from 9 years in a wheelchair to relearning to walk. I am only where I am today because of the NHS and the amazing team, who in the first place believed in me, and continued to believe and support me when I doubted myself during my journey. I feel indebted to the NHS , in particular my prosthetic physiotherapist, for giving me back my freedom. THANK YOU NHS.[/p][p]To learn more about Complex Regional Pain Syndrome and CRPS UK click here [url=https://crps-uk.org/]https://crps-uk.org/[/url][/p][p][br][/p][p]Thank you for visiting my page xx[/p][p][br][/p][p]Amanda - Co-founder/Chairperson CRPS UK[/p]
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