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Neoma Light's fundraising page

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Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]Hi, thanks for visiting my page. Through Virgin Money Giving, you can sponsor me and donations will be quickly processed and passed to charities. Virgin Money Giving is a not for profit organisation and will claim gift aid on a charity's behalf where the donor is eligible for this. I really appreciate all your support and thank you for any donations.[/p][p]My journey to the Virgin Money London Marathon began last October when I was lucky enough to receive a charity place with Scope. Although I suppose it really began 12 years ago when a routine blood test in my native Australia went very wrong.[lt]br /[gt][lt]br /[gt]The Doctor hit my artery instead of my vein and the resulting haematoma caused damage to my ulna nerve. The operation to correct the problem seemed to be a complete success until 2 years ago when the pain suddenly flared up and I was informed that I was in danger of losing all feeling (and the use of ) my right arm. Being right handed that was a very big setback. I used to be a very active person, keeping myself fit by playing netball 2 or 3 times a week, and doing charity runs (once dressed in a sumo suit) however all that changed when the damage in my arm flared up. I became incapacitated and unable to work, as even doing the most basic tasks are very difficult. Even now after 2 major and 4 minor operations I am still in constant pain every day. I have managed to go back to work, albeit gradually, but I am still a long way off from working full time. My latest operation was on 27[sup]th[/sup] February 2014, 6 weeks before the start of the Marathon. Because of my condition I have become very reliant on my husband for even mundane tasks and because of the nature of the injury if I get stressed or upset, the level of pain increases. The loss of nearly a third of our income has also put a great strain financially and that encased with the fact that at the moment there is no end in sight for my condition, creates an emotional vicious circle of which the only escape is our sense of humour.[lt]br /[gt][lt]br /[gt]Why do the marathon I hear you ask, well after all my operations and constant pain I decided to try and do at least something. I decided I was not going to allow this disabling condition get the better of me and to prove to myself that despite everything I am not giving up, and to use an Australian expression my condition can “**** off” . The training has given me focus, even with the start looming and my fear and trepidation increasing at the mammoth task I am about to embark on. As each training session passes and my times get slowly better and my recovery easier and easier, I can now feel a sense of purpose and belief in myself. I recently got diagnosed with CRPS, on top of everything else, which is very serious nerve condition, and I would have given up all hope if it wasn’t for the thought of doing the Marathon. Sure there are days when I don’t want to go training and my husband has to give me a gentle (huge) push, and days where I can't train at all. But then there are all the messages of support I get from my family and friends and even complete strangers on my Blog and Social Media. Being Australian, training in freezing temperatures and more recently gale force winds and constant rain is not fun (I don’t know how you POMS do it!), but I know it will all be worth it. Minor injury’s apart (latest being blisters) the end (well the start) in sight is a massive target which I am determined to get to.[/p][p] I decided to run for Scope (It as the only charity I applied for a place with) as I know first-hand how hard it can be even with a minor “disability” such as mine. I would not even dare to speculate at how difficult it can be with more serious disabilities. If I can raise just the minimum it will make a massive impact on the quality of life for least one family. I am hoping to raise a lot more than that! If my story has inspired you to donate please do so.[/p][p]I also have a bog where you can read about my journey.[url=http://www.realbuzz.com/blogs/u/Nemo76/my-journey-from-couch-to-the-london-marathon-2014/]http://www.realbuzz.com/blogs/u/Nemo76/my-journey-from-couch-to-the-london-marathon-2014/[/url][/p][p]Thanks[/p][p]Neoma[/p][p]xx[/p]

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Apr 25, 2014


£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Apr 16, 2014

Laura and Harry

Sorry it's late! Well done for doing this! Hope you enjoyed it.

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Apr 12, 2014


Good Luck Neoma! :-)

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Mar 19, 2014


Good luck Nemo - like you I'm running for Scope & cubital tunnel op 3 yrs ago means I understand a little of the pain you're in. Hope to see you at the start & finish line. Fellow realbuzzer Sleepy_Feet (Helen) x

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Mar 18, 2014

Eddie Clarkson

Good luck top Aussie bird. It's a brave and noble thing you do!

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Mar 17, 2014


I heard about this from your husband at work, very pleased to sponsor you. Well done on raising soi m uch money for such a good cause.

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Mar 11, 2014


Good Luck!!


Mar 5, 2014


Good luck Neoma xxx


Feb 28, 2014


Can't wait to see you cross the 26 mile line in April. Good luck!

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Feb 28, 2014


Best of luck Nemo. Hope you have better luck with your legs than your arms xx