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Norma Cullen

Norma's Bike Challenge

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My story

[p]'After a long fight with Guillain-Barre syndrome which included 6 months in critical care and 12 months rehabilitation in Marie Therese, I really want to give something back. My granddaughters, Emily (10) and Heidi's (9), challenge is to lead my cycling friends on the 16 mile bike ride that I used to lead. As I am still confined to a wheelchair my challenge is to 'cycle' my pedal machine 85 miles across Cornwall from Lands End to the Tamar Bridge. Money raised will go to Marie Therese for vital equipment and the Guillain-Barre Charity for research and family support.'[/p][p][b][u]Read more about Norma’s story from her friends[/u][/b][/p][p]We all belong to a cycling group - Ladies, cycling weekly, holidaying whenever we can with the occasional long distance trip like John O' Groats to Lands End. That was what Norma did, she loved it and she was good at it. Until one day, in October 2016, she was not feeling well and within days she was fighting for her life in the Royal Cornwall Hospital (Treliske).[/p][p]She had developed the rare condition Guillan-Barre Syndrome, a rapid onset muscle weakness where the immune system attacks the nerves. For 6 months Norma was in Critical Care, unable to breathe, eat, drink, speak, move without the aid of mechanical intervention. Eventually learning to speak through blinking, she began her fight back to health through her fortitude and positivity and the amazing care of all around her and she had her voice back![/p][p]Once off the machines, she was transferred to Marie Therese House in Hayle for the long process of rehabilitation. Our old Norma was back - down to earth, plain talking, never complaining and interested in everyone and everything. At Marie Therese, she found such kindness and friendship as they helped her, with her dogged determination and hard work, to build up the muscle strength to relearn how to sit, hold, stand and cycle. She has been back in her now adapted home since March 2018, continuing with her therapy, with carers at hand. Still cycling on her own indoor pedal machine, she clocks up the miles.[/p][p]Norma is profoundly grateful for the wonderful treatment she received in hospital but saw, first hand, the vital equipment that was needed to help treat others.[/p][p]Norma’s daughter, Jo, and grandchildren, Emily and Heidi, came up with the idea of a bike ride to raise much needed money for equipment for Marie Therese. So on 7th August our weekly ride will be a bit special. Emily and Heidi will lead a 16 mile bike ride following the same route that Norma used to lead. Now Norma, not one to be left out, has her own challenge. She is cycling Cornwall, from Land's End to the Tamar Bridge, 85 miles, indoors, on her own machine![/p][p]Norma and her family want so much to say a big thank you for all the wonderful care she has received. She hoping that the challenge will enable Marie Therese (via the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Charity) to buy much needed equipment. [/p][p]Guillain-Barre is a little known syndrome that can have devastating effects. Norma's challenge will raise the awareness of this syndrome and the work the GAIN Charity does in essential research and family support.[/p][p][br][/p]
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Oct 18, 2018


well done Norma great challange nothing will ever stop you amazing

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Sep 26, 2018


Sep 25, 2018

A well wisher

Seen your article in the Mirror. Good luck with your challenge

Sep 25, 2018


Well done

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Sep 23, 2018

DDSC Plymouth Branch

Dear Norms, With all Best Wishes Love, and with apologies for being as late as ever!

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Sep 22, 2018

Chris's Anne

Thinking of you and your challenge!


Sep 19, 2018

Graham and Elaine Tacagni

Love and best wishes for your recovery.

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Sep 13, 2018


Read your story in cycle clips. Inspirational

Sep 13, 2018


Best wishes. Not too far to go...

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Sep 7, 2018


Just read about you in the Cycling UK email - brilliant stuff!

£5.00 plus £1.25 Gift Aid