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[p][b]The Good, the Bad, the Muddy and Smelly[/b][/p][p]Thanks for visiting our Virgin Money Giving page! We are a group of friends running an 8-10 mile Tough Mudder together in May 2019 to raise money and support two incredibly worthwhile charities: Brain Tumour Research and Epilepsy Action.[/p][p][img][/img][/p][p][b]Flora's story: [/b][/p][p]Whilst enjoying a family dinner in January 2016, I unexpectedly suffered a tonic-clonic seizure and was rushed to hospital. In the months prior to my seizure, I'd been seeking advice from my GP concerning bouts of nausea and light-headedness that I'd been experiencing, but I'd been given no indication that this could be something more serious. A week later, the diagnosis of a brain tumour and epilepsy came as a brutal shock to my family and I. [/p][p]Despite the terrible news, I was determined to not let the diagnosis get in the way of my life. I continued with my studies, battling worsening symptoms and increased epileptic seizures, until in August 2016, just 2 months after turning 17, I made the difficult decision to undergo brain surgery. I remember feeling so frightened, saying goodbye to my family not knowing if I would see them again. Thankfully, the operation was a success, the tumour was removed entirely and subsequently my seizures stopped.[/p][p]Although the surgery was a success, I suffered from post-operative depression in the aftermath. The operation really messed with my mental state. I remember that I would suddenly get emotional for no reason and start crying. Sometimes I would get lost for words or confused, and my previously high grades began to plummet . I was worried my teachers and fellow pupils would think I was crazy. However, I remained determined to continue with school and managed to secure an unconditional offer to study Chemical Engineering at the University of Nottingham.[/p][p]Now, it has been over 2 years since my surgery and I am eager to tell my story. Looking back at my experience, I've realised just how fortunate I am that it all went well and that I’m living more or less normally. I'm hoping to raise awareness and understanding of how traumatic and challenging these events can be.[/p][p][br][/p][p][b]Why Brain Tumour Research and Epilepsy Action?[/b][/p][p] [/p][p]Brain Tumour Research are a fantastic charity who are leading the way in calling for support and action for sustainable research into brain tumours, with the objective of finding a cure. They also take importance steps to challenge the misconceptions surrounding the impact of, and recovery from, brain tumours. For Flora, “Brain Tumour Research were so helpful in giving me the courage to put my story out there and talk about my experiences, something I was previously too scared to do. I am grateful for their support and I want to do what I can to aid their cause”.[/p][p] [/p][p]Epilepsy Action are a great charity that do excellent work to educate people on the misconceptions of epilepsy and help to promote early diagnosis. We have chosen to fundraise for Epilepsy Action in memory of our wonderful friend Merryn Allen, who sadly passed away from epilepsy nine years ago, aged only 10. The Merryn Allen Sunflower Tribute Fund, set up in Merryn’s memory, has already raised a fantastic amount of money in support of Epilepsy action. We are taking inspiration from Merryn’s fund to do our bit for Epilepsy action. To see the amazing results of Merryn’s fund, visit: [url=https://merryn-allen.muchloved.com/]https://merryn-allen.muchloved.com/[/url]. [/p][p][b]Tough Mudder[/b][/p][p]We are going to be running the London West Tough Mudder on 5th May 2019, raising money for Brain Tumour Research and Epilepsy Action. It is an 8 to 10 mile long obstacle course, featuring over 25 obstacles. Please help us through 10 miles of muddy hell by donating to our Virgin Money Giving page and supporting these two worthwhile causes![/p][p]Lots of love, Ellie, Flora, Henry and Ruby x[/p][p][br][/p][p][br][/p][p][br][/p]